UNFPA Liberia has strengthened the capacity of the Liberian Government and its partners over the years in implementing programs aiming to ensure equitable access to and utilization of quality Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights (SRH&R) services, including access to age appropriate information and family planning commodities, specifically for adolescent girls and young people (ages 10 – 24yrs).
In 2017, UNFPA received $15,000 from the Global Neighborhood Fund…
In 2016, the Global Neighborhood Fund and the Girls Rights Project provided grants through Friends of UNFPA to support UNFPA’s teenage pregnancy prevention initiatives in Liberia. Through this grant, UNFPA has provided financial and technical support to Planned Parenthood Association of Liberia (PPAL) to implement life-skills based sexuality education and services to both in and out of school adolescents in two Grand May County communities namely: Sinje Congo Town and Sinje Central. This support supplemented an existing UNFPA and PPAL program
focusing on school retention through tailor-made interventions like school health clubs, production and dissemination of behaviour change communication materials and distribution of sanitary kits to reduce days of absence from school recorded each month when adolescent girls go into menstruation. Additionally, adolescents through this project received sexual education on topics like teenage pregnancy prevention; fistula as one of the consequences of early child birth, early marriages and parenthood, returning to school and retention in school after pregnancy, menstrual hygiene management and training in income generation especially for girls amongst others.
- A total of 918 adolescents, with 501 of them being female, were provided with quality Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights (SRH&R) information and services including contraception, HIV/AIDS prevention, unsafe abortion prevention and STIs management at the Sinje youth-friendly center.
- Among the participants, 732 benefited from family planning services, 39 were treated for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), 100 were counseled and tested for HIV/AIDS and 47 were treated for malaria & other minor illnesses.
- 100 girls out of the 501 benefited from a project supported mentorship program which provides life-skills based SRH information and hygiene kits for girls who have had their menses.
- 50 school going girls (out of the 100) were provided with sanitary kits for menstrual hygiene management.