AIM: Increased knowledge on sexuality issues and reduced vulnerability and reproductive health problems among girls and young females.
Nearly one third of Nigeria’s total population is between the ages of 10 and 24. The sizeable share of the adolescents’ population makes them integral to the country’s social, political and economic development.
Sadly, the country’s development is compromised by the sexual and reproductive health issues afflicting its adolescents and young people as lack of sexual health information and services make them vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), unintended pregnancy and at worse death.
Adolescence is a critical period of human development often characterized by confusion, mixed messages from the adult population, exuberance, and a penchant for experimentation, especially with drugs, alcohol, and sex.
There is also the consensus that adolescents engage in high risk sexual behaviours which predispose them to reproductive health problems. Oftentimes, they engage in sexual activities with little information and this exposes them to a lot of risks which increases their vulnerability.
GPI adolescent sexuality and sexual and reproductive health focuses on the following components: