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Youth-Friendly Health Services in Malawi: Young People's Sexual Experiences
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Author(s): Health Policy Project

Primary Language: English

Date: 3/31/2015


The  Malawi government  introduced  the  Youth  Friendly  Health  Services (YFHS) program in  2000 and  in  2007  the  Ministry of Health-Reproductive Health Directorate (MOH-RHD)  developed  Youth  Friendly  Health  Services Standards  with  the aim of providing  quality services  to young  people. In 2014, the MOH-RHD and the Centre for Social Research, University of Malawi, with assistance from the USAID-supported Evidence to Action project, conducted its first comprehensive evaluation of the YFHS program. The evaluation assessed the quality of YFHS compared to the existing national standards, in the context of the current sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs of Malawian youth.  

This brief summarizes the sexual knowledge and behaviour of youth in Malawi and suggests key questions for policy makers and program managers to consider in order to improve YFHS in Malawi.

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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