Young People

A first step of realizing any individual’s potential is for them to have knowledge of how their bodies function and to be able to make responsible and safe choices for themselves. UNFPA efforts are geared to address the challenge that young people’s lives too often characterized by lack of information and access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, consequently leading to high risk behaviours and poor sexual and reproductive health outcomes. UNFPA advocates and supports interventions specifically to address harmful practices such as child marriage and FGM; childbearing and investments in youths. UNFPA work is grounded on the provision of technical support at the central level but also programmatic service delivery at the local levels and across the country. UNFPA also works with expanding youth networks by empowering youth to engage in issues that concern them. UNFPA program interventions are structured along the five strategic prongs of UNFPA’s global approach to investing in adolescent and youth, and for mainland, the support is within the National Adolescent Reproductive Health Strategy (NARHS) 2010-2015.

Youth SRH in Tanzania: Fulfilling the potential of every young person

A first step of realizing any individual’s potential is for them to have knowledge of how their bodies function and to be able to make responsible and safe choices for themselves. UNFPA efforts are geared to address the challenge that young people’s lives too often characterized by lack of information and access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, consequently leading to high risk behaviours and poor sexual and reproductive health outcomes. UNFPA advocates and supports interventions specifically to address harmful practices such as child marriage and FGM; childbearing and investments in youths. UNFPA work is grounded on the provision of technical support at the central level but also programmatic service delivery at the local levels and across the country. UNFPA also works with expanding youth networks by empowering youth to engage in issues that concern them.

UNFPA program interventions are structured along the five strategic prongs of UNFPA’s global approach to investing in adolescent and youth, and for mainland, the support is within the National Adolescent Reproductive Health Strategy (NARHS) 2010-2015.

Strategic Prong 1: Evidence beased policy dialogue for Investing in young people in Tanzania. At the policy level, barriers such as those impeding the right of pregnant girls to access education are being tackled. UNFPA prioritizes adolescent girls as a particularly vulnerable group in the demographic profile of Tanzania and UNFPA advocates for appropriate investments especially in health and education to realize the demographic dividend. Without such investments, the human rights of young people aged 10-24 years cannot be realized and in turn Tanzania’s sustainable development agenda is at risk.

Strategic Prong 2: Promote Sexuality Education (CSE): UNFPA collaborates with UNESCO and UNICEF to co-lead efforts related to promoting comprehensive sexuality education for in ad out of school youths in the context of Eastern and Southern Africa Commitments on CSE and SRHS. Within the focal districts UNFPA works towards providing CSE for out of school youths and jointly monitor the program results and district education sector performance.

Strategic Prong 3: Build capacity for sexual and reproductive health services: The UNFPA approach also ensures better access to quality services and most importantly working with young people together to address the challenges facing them. The foremost strategy of our work with youth is strategy of working with youth not for them; but with them together identifying solutions for enabling them to plan their lives, plan their future and plan their families. Service delivery support includes: assessment of the status of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health services and to develop a strategy for the improvement of ASRH services and information.

Strategic Prong 4: Reaching marginalized and disadvantaged adolescent girls: UNFPA provides technical support to design and initiate programs by engaging different sectors in government ie. Youth, health, women, education to have approaches that are scalable so as to deliver methodologies for effective programs by prioritizing disadvantaged girls (youth) aged 10-19.

Strategic Prong 5: promote Youth Leadership and Participation: UNFPA engage directly with young people through networks to advocate for youth participation in forum that affect their lives and opportunities and assist them to gain access

Policy support includes: support to assessment of the Ministry of Youth, Information, Sports and Culture and other ministries with a mandate for young people, to utilize the Africa Youth Charter in programme planning and implementation efforts such as development of the Youth Situation Analysis in Zanzibar and the review of the Zanzibar Youth Policy.