In sub-Saharan Africa, uptake of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services among young people remains low, placing millions of young people at risk of poor reproductive health outcomes and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. The “Steps to Integration” series provides a guide on how to integrate HIV and SRH services based on findings from the Integra Initiative, managed by the International Planned Parenthood Federation in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Population Council. Issue 7 of the series focuses on expanding young people’s access to integrated services in Malawi. Conclusions include: improving the quality of community-based compared with facility-based services shows more potential for expanding youth access to FP services, which may be important for increasing uptake of FP services in this population; it is important that outreach services are confidential, that FP providers are friendly and nonjudgmental, and that the supply of FP commodities is consistent and reliable.
"Expanding young people's access to integrated services in Malawi," Steps to Integration, Issue 7. Washington, DC: Integra Initiative, 2015.
Assessing the Benefits of Integrated HIV and Reproductive Health Services: The Integra Initiative