This Project is improving the access and quality of reproductive health services for adolescent girls and women of reproductive age in the Kalikot district of Nepal and the Son La province of Vietnam. Working closely with local partners, International Nepal Fellowship (INF) in Nepal and the Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP) in Vietnam, the Project aims to improve health and gender equality (GE) among adolescent girls and women as well as reduce the incidence of child marriages, a form of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). The Project takes an integrated and holistic approach that will empower local adolescent girls and women to exercise their reproductive rights and ensure access to health and reproductive services when needed.
The overall goal is improved reproductive health and reduced incidence of child marriage in target communities. This is achieved through increased agency of women and girls; and increased utilization of quality gender-sensitive and inclusive health services by adolescent girls and women.
The project also expects to achieve the following outcomes that will contribute to the goal:
- Increased knowledge and improved attitudes among community champions, women & men on the importance of timely and appropriate health services, including SRH services, and gender equality, SRHR and the impacts of SGBV;
- Enhanced knowledge & skills among adolescent girls and boys in schools and the community related to comprehensive rights-based & evidence-based sexuality and relationship education;
- Improved health facilities for women of reproductive age and adolescent girls and boys including protocols, equipment, resources and supplies;
- Increased capacity of services providers and government health staff to deliver quality, gender-responsive and inclusive health services, including SRH services, for women of reproductive age and adolescent girls & boys.