Dear HIFA colleagues,
During week 1 of our thematic discussion we shall explore the following question:
Q1. What types of information and services on RH/FP do children (0-17y) and youth (15-24y) need? How do these information and service needs change over time?
Children and youth are a heterogeneous group. Largely considered a resilient and healthy age cohort, RH/FP programs often overlook the unique development and health needs of young people, particularly in low and middle income countries. Furthermore, risk and protective factors for many later health outcomes, such as substance use and high risk sexual behavior, often begin in childhood and adolescence.
We have intentionally kept the age range large in order to discuss the changing needs of children and youth as they transition from early childhood to young adulthood.
We look forward to your contributions. To contribute to the discussion, simply send an email to: email@example.com
You are welcome to contribute on any aspect of family planning at any time during this discussion.
Best wishes, Neil
Joint Coordinator, HIFA Project on Family Planning
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