CERCA, Community-embedded reproductive health care for adolescents in Latin America

OBJECTIVES

Main objectives

  • To contribute to the global knowledge about how health systems could be more responsive to the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents.
  • Development of a comprehensive framework for community-embedded interventions targeted at improved access to quality primary health services, a supporting and enabling environment, and strengthened competence to make reproductive health choices.

Specific objectives

  • To assess the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents in the three Latin American partner countries (Bolivia, Nicaragua and Ecuador);
  • To develop a comprehensive strategy of interventions targeted at enhanced access to adolescent-friendly reproductive care in primary health services
  • To develop an approach to reach adolescents for awareness raising activities and for survey purposes through the use of media (internet and text messages);
  • To implement and monitor the strategy of interventions and to perform an impact evaluation of the developed intervention strategy;
  • To develop a strategy to bridge the gap between research and policy by involving policy and decision makers actively in the research process;

METHODS

  • Community-based participatory action research
  • Qualitative research: participant observation ethnographic fieldwork in Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua
  • Quantitative research: surveys and review of literature and politics (to define sexual and reproductive health determinant for adolescents)
  • Use of media (internet and text messages)  

ACTIVITIES

  • Study of literature and politics in Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua
  • Fieldwork and analysis
  • Setting up 4 Community Advisory Boards (Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Belgium)
  • Develop, implement and evaluate an intervention strategy
  • Getting politicians involved
  • Awareness raising and dissemination of research results

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Contribute to the global knowledge about how health systems could be more responsive to the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents.
  • Improving access for adolescents to quality primary health services, a supporting and enabling environment, and strengthened competence to make reproductive health choices.
  • a strategy to bridge the gap between research and policy
  • Establishment of 4 Community Advisory Boards (Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Belgium)
  • An international conference
  • Publications: Scientific articles and policy documents

PROJECT ARTICLES:

Articles of partners:

http://www.rhm-elsevier.com/article/S0968-8080(13)41706-8/fulltext

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13648470.2014.918932

VIDEOS

http://www.rhmjournal.org.uk/video_article/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXzx5rzdlc8

BLOG

http://www.rhmjournal.org.uk/category/blog/

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Funding agencies: 
Partners: 
South Group, Bolivia; University of Cuenca, Ecuador; Kaunas University of Medicine, Lithuania; University of Amsterdam, Netherlands; National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, Nicaragua; Instituto Centro Americano de la Salud, Nicaragua.
Project status: 
Closed
Period: 
01/03/2010 - 28/02/2014
Ends on: 
Friday, November 23, 2012
Ends on: 
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Ends on: 
Friday, November 23, 2012