Reaching and Empowering Adolescents to Make Informed Choices on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Northern Nigeria

Reporting Organization:Save the Children Canada
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 12,000,000
Timeframe: March 23, 2018 - September 30, 2021
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Amal Ben Ameur
[email protected]

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Save the Children Canada

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Nigeria - $ 12,000,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (50 %)

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (25 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Law, Governance & Public Policy (25 %)

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The project enables adolescents to better exercise their reproductive rights, as well as make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health. An innovative community-based model is used to promote positive gender norms among adolescents and their families. Project activities include: (1) training public health workers and private sector providers on gender-sensitive and adolescent-friendly sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services delivery, including family planning, contraceptives, post-abortion care, and sexual and gender-based violence; and establishing and operating gender-sensitive, adolescent-friendly safe spaces in health facilities to deliver SRHR services to adolescent boys and girls; (2) training community change agents (including religious and traditional leaders) to raise awareness in a gender-sensitive manner on SRHR, and promote safe space activities for adolescent girls and boys, partners, parents and community members; and (3) supporting advocacy and coalition building between youth advocacy forums and like-minded organizations, including women’s rights organizations, to advocate for improved SRHR services within their communities. The project is expected to reach approximately 100,000 married and unmarried adolescents, including 55,000 very young adolescents aged 10 to 14 directly, and an additional 400,000 community members indirectly.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adolescent females Adolescent males
Descriptors: Rural
Total Direct Population: 150,000
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Public health workers and private sector providers trained on SRHR service delivery
Safe spaces established
Community change agents trained
Supporting advocacy
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The project’s expected results include: (1) improved access to quality gender-sensitive and adolescent-friendly public and private sector sexual and reproductive health and rights services for unmarried and married adolescent girls and boys; (2) increased capacity of married and unmarried adolescent girls to make decisions about their own sexual and reproductive health and rights; and (3) increased capacity of youth-focused civil society groups, including women’s rights organizations, to advocate and integrate evidenced-based best practices in adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights services in state policies and programmes.

Achieved Results


SRHR-related Indicators
  • # of national laws, policies and strategies relating to SRHR implemented or strengthened
  • # of women’s rights organizations and networks (international and local) advancing SRHR
  • # of women and girls (age) provided with access to sexual and reproductive health services, including modern methods of contraception
  • # of health care service providers trained in SRHR services
  • % of primary service delivery points with least 3 modern methods of contraception available on the day of assessment
  • # of women and girls, men and boys, demonstrating positive attitudes towards ending SGBV
  • # of people provided with modern contraception (by method)
  • % of women who decided to use family planning, alone or jointly with their husbands/partners
  • # of people who have experienced, or are at risk of, any form of SGBV that have received related services in the previous 12 months
  • # of advocacy and public engagement activities completed which are focused on SRHR
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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