The intersection of disability and youth sexual and reproductive health programming in francophone West Africa


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Ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services is one of the key targets of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3. However, many people across the francophone West African region have limited or no access to essential SRH services. This is even more so the case for marginalised groups such as young people with disabilities (PWDs) who are often excluded from existing SRH programmes despite the fact that they are as sexually active as their peers who live without any form of disability.

To date, PSI’s youth programming has focused on the delivery of high quality, youth- friendly family planning and reproductive health information and services but has not had an explicit focus on disability inclusion. Thus, this report offers practical guidance for designing and implementing youth friendly SRH programmes that put young people with disabilities at the centre in francophone West Africa. More specifically, the research question this report addresses is: What are some best practices (including guidelines, tools, frameworks) for designing and implementing youth-friendly SRH programmes that put young people with disabilities at the centre?