This report highlights the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) challenges faced by adolescents living in slums in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as the perceptions and strategies that adolescents adopt to deal with each of these challenges. The results point to the fact that there is a range of experiences among adolescents with regard to knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Age, education, and marital status were often strongly associated with certain adolescent sexual and reproductive health experiences, highlighting the fact that targeted programs are needed to reach adolescents with SRH services at different stages of need. Consistent and persistent poverty reduction strategies must be considered alongside SRH services; as well as holistic programs that consider the relationship between health and environment, to address the complex web of factors that contribute to SRH.
Beguy, Donatien, Joyce Mumah, Salome Wawire, Kanyiva Muindi, Lindsey Gottschalk, and Caroline W. Kabiru. 2013. "Status report on the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents living in urban slums in Kenya," STEP UP Technical Working Paper. Nairobi: African Population and Health Research Center.
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