Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Analysis Workshop: Generating evidence and strengthening country capacity

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
June 24-28, 2019

The Countdown to 2030 for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health team led by the African Population Health Research Center (APHRC), organized an analysis workshop to generate evidence for adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (ASRHR) and to strengthen the analytical capacity of country institutions in 10 African countries. The workshop was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on June 24-28, 2019. In total, 11 participants comprising of senior analysts and academics from the 10 countries attended the workshop. The workshop was facilitated by Countdown team from APHRC, University of Manitoba, WHO and UNICEF. As a key Countdown partner, the School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University played key roles in supporting the logistics of the workshop.

The analyses focused on the major relevant ASRHR and gender dimensions with a multi-sectoral approach including the interactions between education, employment status, marital status, sexual behaviour, fertility, HIV and societal norms and values.

The cohort analysis included:

  • Adolescent girls: sexual behavior and risks, HIV/STI, marriage, fertility, violence and other risk behaviors; by multiple equity dimensions to identify those that are left behind.
  • Female empowerment and ASRHR. 
  • Education and employment for women and health, and the association with ASRHR, as well as fertility.
  • Violence against adolescents and young women

The objectives of the workshop were to:

  • Produce a comprehensive analysis of ASRH levels and trends in countries with a focus on inequalities: who are the most vulnerable adolescents?
  • Produce drafts of synthesis papers that provides a cross-national perspective and discusses the implications for measurement
  • Strengthened analytical capacity for ASRHR and gender in country institutions and NGOs.

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Dissemination of health inequalities in Zambia

In Zambia, APHRC supported the implementation of in-country dissemination activities targeting relevant audiences, through a collaborative with Zambia’s Ministry of Health and the University of Zambia, School of Public Health

The activities included:

  • A factsheet presenting the results (Download)
  • One policy brief based on the Countdown findings for Zambia (Download)

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