Youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services for today’s university students, tomorrow’s leaders

University students are at a pivotal point in their lives. Many of them are living away from their families for the first time, and, along with this newfound freedom, they are making decisions that will have lasting impact on their futures. In many contexts, young women are going to university when they are expected to marry and start having children. At the same time, they are surrounded by new people, ideas, and choices. It is a time for exploration, experimentation, and forming new relationships, and they are faced with the complex social and sexual norms of university life. For these young people—the future leaders of their countries—it is vital that universities provide youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health programs that safeguard their health and foster a lifetime of healthy behaviors.


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