OCPU Youth strategy

ENGAGING YOUTH is the OCPU youth strategy. The OPCU will catalyze a youth movement for family planning in Francophone West Africa.

WHY A STRATEGY NOW?

Because there is no better time to invest in a youth movement for family planning. Francophone West Africa is home to millions of young people – in Burkina Faso, 65% of the population is under 24 years old.

“To make a lasting impact with the movement to increase family planning acceptance and use, we need to meaningfully engage youth.”

OP COUNTRIES ARE COMMITTED

 

  • 8 of 9 OP countries have made youth-specific FP2020 commitments
  • All OP countries have:   –Family planning interventions for youth prioritized in Costed Implementation Plans  –Policies for adolescent and youth reproductive health
  • Many OP countries have adolescent advisors within the Ministry of Health (e.g., Benin)

PROGRESS TO DATE

Service delivery progress:

•Some innovative models exist, but not at scale
•Contraceptive use still low among 15-24 year-olds

Advocacy progress:

•Policy environment is favorable, though some countries still restrict access for youth
•Limited progress so far in meaningfully
engaging a diverse set of youth

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