Across sub-Saharan Africa, adolescent girls from the poorest socioeconomic strata are vulnerable to early unintended pregnancy, child and forced marriage, female genital mutilation, gender-based violence, and related negative health outcomes.
This project, known as the "Multisectoral and Transformative Approaches to Rites and Initiations for Maternal, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Adolescent Girls", is an innovative response to promote gender equality and protect young girls from early pregnancy in Togo.
Building on their existing commitments to advance the timely and effective use of evidence in policy and decision-making, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and IDRC have jointly increased their support to the Rapid and Responsive Evidence Partnership of teams in low- and middle-income countries.
This project seeks to amplify the results and impact of the ADOS program by supporting five youth organizations working to improve the sexual and reproductive health of adolescent girls at the national level in Senegal.
The overall objective of this project is to encourage the use of research results and innovations generated through the implementation of the program “Better sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescent girls in Senegal” to ensure better sexual and reproductive health of adolescent girls and to effectively protect them from gender-based violence.
Although critically important for determining optimal strategies to reduce transmission and limit the impact of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), factors such as the frequency of household transmission, the proportion of asymptomatic infection, and the natural history of the infection are poorly understood.
This project will respond to the need for COVID-19 prevention among urban refugee youth who experience poverty, overcrowded living conditions, and poor sanitation that increase COVID-19 risks while limiting their ability to practice mitigation strategies such as frequent hand washing and physical distancing.
Refugee and displaced populations, and the vulnerable communities with whom they share space, are at high risk for acquiring COVID-19 because their living conditions make it impossible to practice physical distancing and isolation or to access quality healthcare.
This project is part of an initiative that will provide evidence and strengthen capacity for bridging the knowledge gap in responding to the growing COVID-19 health crisis in the short-term and longer term.