Their Futures: MSI Insights on World Youth Day

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Reproductive choice can be life-changing for young people. With information on their health and rights, young people can understand their bodies, have safe relationships on their terms, avoid unintended pregnancy and determine their own futures.

Yet, globally, teenagers find it harder to access their reproductive choices. From prevailing stigma and misinformation to needless restrictions that require parental or partner consent, an estimated 23 million adolescent girls want access to contraception, but don't have it.

To help transform access, in 2017, MSI launched our adolescent strategy and have supported over 4.6 million adolescents to access reproductive choice since.

Marking International Youth Day today, we're sharing a round-up of our lessons learned along the way and how we can partner to transform access, together.




Closing the Gap - 3 learnings on expanding choice for rural adolescents 

Increased stigma, poverty and longer journey times can all make it harder for rural young people to access reproductive choice. 

From partnering with community influencers to adapting services to offer discreet visits, we have taken a tailored approach to reaching rural adolescents. Find out more in our Youth Day blog post.

Read our 3 lessons on reaching rural young people



MSI’s Adolescent Strategy – delivering reproductive choice to young people 

With teenage girls in low- and middle-income countries almost twice as likely as women of all reproductive ages to want access to contraception, but not yet have it, we knew we needed a tailored strategy to level the playing field. 

In 2017, we used our learnings and data so far to form our first adolescent strategy, focused on finding the right recipe for reaching young women. 

Read our strategy two-pager



Spotlight webinar: Sex, stigma & young people – challenging social norms to empower adolescents 

Cultural and social taboos can hold young people back from accessing their sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights. 

Last June, we were joined by partners at PSI and Pathfinder to discuss how we can shift these social norms, by engaging community leaders, supporting couples to plan together and training providers to deliver adolescent-friendly healthcare. 

Watch the webinar



Her Body, Her Future: The role of reproductive choice in girls’ access to education 

Analysis from MSI has shown that increasing adolescent access to reproductive choice could support up to four million more girls to stay in school every year across sub-Saharan Africa. 

In our two-page briefing, Her Body, Her Future, find out how we can support girls to access a quality education and pursue their futures, with comprehensive sexuality education and reproductive choice. 

Read the briefing




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