Technical Support for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in Tajikistan
CARE Tajikistan implements a three year EU funded project: ‘Creating an Enabling Environment for Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health for Youth’. Tajikistan’s demography highlights the importance of addressing the health needs of youth. Tajikistan has a relatively young population, with about a third of the population between 10-24 years of age. Youth in Tajikistan are vulnerable when it comes to fulfilling their sexual and reproductive rights, especially in the light of rising abortion rates, teenage pregnancy rates and overall increase in sexually transmitted infections (STI).
CARE Tajikistan proposes with this project to improve the sexual and reproductive health of young people. Among the target groups are commercial sex workers, intravenous drug users, out-of-school girls, migrant workers and military conscripts.
Project objectives include:
- Increase access to youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services;
- Increase prove knowledge, attitude, and behaviours among youth;
- Improve the policy and social environment for youth sexual and reproductive health.
ETC Crystal provides technical support to CARE Tajikistan throughout the course of the project in designing and monitoring interventions. Specific activities include the development of a life skills training package for youth on sexual and reproductive health and rights; support to and training of local NGO staff in the development and application of best practices and appropriate technologies.
When I was 16 years old, I was raped by a man. I delivered a daughter and my mother sold the baby after 2 weeks because she did not want others to know that I had a baby out of wedlock. I started to work as a sex worker. When my brother found out about it he did not allow me to return home. Now I work at night and sleep during the day at a local NGO.
Focus group participant, Dushanbe
Esther Jurgens, consultant ETC Crystal, 2007