Senegal Youth Make Their Voices Heard for Family Planning Access
PRB partnered with ANJSR/PF to produce a fact sheet and video urging Senegalese decisionmakers to meaningfully partner with youth to guide the country’s investment in family planning and ensure youth’s needs are met.
Youth-led organizations in Senegal are advocating for increased resources to address their family planning needs. PRB partnered with the Alliance Nationale des Jeunes pour la Santé de la Reproduction et la Planification Familiale (ANJSR/PF) on the creation of a fact sheet and video intended to guide the country’s investment in family planning and ensure that these needs are met.
More than half of Senegal’s population is under age 20. These young people are the leaders of tomorrow and deserve an investment in their health and rights. Since 2012, the government of Senegal has made ambitious commitments in sexual and reproductive health, leading to a more than twofold increase in the use of modern contraceptives among young women ages 15 to 24 with an unmet need for family planning. However, youth continue to face barriers to accessing care, such as service costs and lack of confidentiality, which can threaten their futures if they face unwanted pregnancy.
ANJSR/PF has spearheaded organization of the country’s youth-led associations to advocate for increased resources to address youth’s needs in family planning. The fact sheet and video reflect the calls to action from these youth groups, urging Senegalese decisionmakers to meaningfully partner with youth in developing the next Strategic Framework Plan for Family Planning (Cadre Stratégique National de la Planification Familiale). This plan will guide the country’s investment in family planning and ensure that youth’s needs are met.