New project to promote adolescent sexual health & reproductive health in four West African countries

26 April 2021

Despite the efforts of the Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger) and Benin, youth and adolescents still face numerous sexual and reproductive health problems. To illustrate:

  • In 2016, more than 6,000 pregnancies were recorded in primary and secondary schools in Burkina Faso.
  • In Benin, more than 9,300 pregnancies among teenagers were recorded in secondary schools. Mali and Niger reported similar figures.

Therefore, these countries will work together to address sexual and reproductive health and rights challenges, in order to create inclusive and sustainable developments.

This is an interesting and regional project in an important area. Young girls and adolescents should be made more aware of their rights.

Maarten Rusch, Dutch Ambassador in Burkina Faso

Last Monday, the Dutch Ambassador to Burkina Faso (Maarten Rusch) launched  the project “Promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in schools in Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali and northern Benin”. This project is part of the Nuffic-funded Orange Knowledge Program (OKP) in the Sahel and Benin.

This one-year project -which is implemented by CINOP and CIRE- will strengthen the capacities of four organizations; ADEP (Association d’appui et d’éveil Pugsada) in Burkina Faso, AfriYAN in Mali, SonGES in Niger and the University of Parakou in Benin. Through this project, the organizations are to acquire capacities in sexual and reproductive health and rights and in communication about sexuality. This will enable them to effectively promote sexual and reproductive health and rights in schools.

Source: Lefaso.net