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Project SAFE II.

IPPF European Network, Rutgers Nisso Groep and the WHO Regional Office for Europe, have formed a partnership in order to promote the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of youth across Europe.  The project, which builds on the achievements of the SAFE project (2005-2007), sets out to provide an overall picture of the patterns and trends across the region in order to develop new and innovative ways to reach young people with SRHR information and services, and to inform, support and advance policy development.

Project Goal:

To enhance the SRHR of all youth across Europe through better co-operation among EU countries, co-ordination among agencies and harmonization of public health policies, health promotion strategies and programmes.

Project Objectives:

  • To increase the adoption and implementation of sound, rights-based policies to protect, promote and ensure the SRHR of young people
  • To improve understanding of the determinants of behaviors and practices affecting the SRHR of young people in Europe
  • To improve the uptake of good practices aiming to improve the SRHR of young people in Europe
  • To increase the commitment and support of a broad range of national and European stakeholders for young people’s SRHR
  • To strengthen the involvement and empowerment of young people in Europe in initiatives to address and improve their SRHR.

The five components of the project are:

  1. Improving policies on the SRHR of young people in Europe

This component aims to gain the adoption and implementation of the “Guide for developing policies on the SRHR of young people, developed under the SAFE project, which outlines key policy recommendations for improving the SRHR of young people in Europe and emphasises five specific issues including: information, education and communication, health services, access to contraception, STIs and HIV/AIDS, and unwanted pregnancies and abortion. Activities will be implemented on the European and national levels. The Irish Family Planning Association will work closely with an additional three countries to conduct in-country advocacy to implement favourable policy change for the SRHR of young people in Ireland, Portugal, Slovakia, and Cyprus.

2. Developing the knowledge base on young people’s SRHR

Researchers at the Rutgers Nisso Groep will be working closely with five IPPF Member Associations (MAs) in five countries to conduct detailed situational analyses and qualitative studies that will investigate approximately three variables affecting the sexual behaviour of young people and the policies related to this. The five countries involved in this research will be Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, and Spain.  The research data from these five countries will in turn be used to inform future strategies, policies and interventions on young people’s SRHR.

  1. Testing and sharing good practice

IPPF EN will work closely with four countries and WHO Implementing Best Practice (IBP) to enhance the knowledge of existing good practices regarding young people’s SRHR by the development, dissemination and documentation of good practices. The replication of selected good practices will be developed, implemented and evaluated in four countries including: Estonia, Finland, Latvia, and Poland.

 

  1. Broadening the support base for young people’s SRHR

This will be a cross-cutting component that will be mainstreamed throughout the project. Project partners will ensure a broad and continued involvement of key stakeholders throughout the project. SAFE II will develop linkages with stakeholders such as parents and family unions, teachers, youth and social workers’ groups, nurses associations and other groups that may not be traditional allies of SRHR but whose support is essential in moving forward in such an important area as young people’s SRHR.

5. Empowering young people to actively promote their SRHR

This will be a cross-cutting component that will be mainstreamed throughout the project. Active participation of young people in all aspects of the project will be critical to its success.  For this reason, the project involves the IPPF EN national youth network (YSAFE), include the participation of a YSAFE member on the SAFE II steering committee. In addition, the SAFE II project will be linked to another IPPF EN, which focuses on developing a youth movement to advocate for young people’s SRHR in Europe by building the capacity of young people to advocate for their rights.

Dissemination of project results will be done at national and European levels through partner websites, dedicated publications, events and project conferences.

If you would like any further information on this project then please contact the Project Coordinator, Ada Dortch (adortch@ippfen.org), who is based at the IPPF EN office in Brussels.

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