YOUNG PEOPLE’S ACCESS TO SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH INFORMATION, EDUCATION AND CARE IN THE WESTERN BALKANS DURING COVID TIME
This study seeks to provide a clearer picture of the impact of the pandemic on young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Its report presents the findings of the study carried out by and among youth in five Balkan countries. It documents young people’s sexual and reproductive health needs and experiences and the perspectives of health care providers and other relevant stakeholders on these needs. It also captures the latter’s needs as they deliver services, information and education to young people, building on their experience of Covid-19.
This study was undertaken in the framework of the ‘Youth Voices, Youth Choices’ Project, a 30-month project dedicated to ensuring sexual and reproductive health care in the Western Balkans becomes more accessible and youth-friendly in the long term, learning from the Covid-19 experience. The work focuses particularly on the experiences and needs of youth from groups that face systemic barriers to accessing care. Young people are at the heart of the project, working in multistakeholder partnerships as researchers, advocates and campaigners.