The objective of this project is to improve reproductive health (RH), prevent new HIV infections, and promote mutual faithfulness through addressing the HIV and reproductive risk among married adolescents, who are a large, vulnerable, and neglected category of Ethiopian youth. The Population Council partnered with Ethiopia Ministry of Education, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and the Ethiopian Muslim Development Agency to implement the project in Amhara region. The program used religious structures to spread messages about early marriage, HIV, and reproductive health. Local women leaders were trained as mentors of married adolescent girls, convening clubs through which HIV/RH information was conveyed, as well as referrals for services. The model proved highly acceptable, even in the relatively traditional environment of rural Ethiopia.
Erulkar, Annabel and Tekle-Ab Mekbib. 2008. "Improving reproductive health and HIV prevention among married adolescents in Amhara, Ethiopia," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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