Adolescents and Youth

The youth are recognized as a priority pillar in the GTP, which calls for encouraging their active participation and benefit in economic, cultural development, democratic system and good governance. The GTP also identifies as a priority area the reversal of the spread of major communicable disease such as HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria.

The youth are recognized as a priority pillar in the GTP, which calls for encouraging their active participation and benefit in economic, cultural development, democratic system and good governance. The GTP also identifies as a priority area the reversal of the spread of major communicable disease such as HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. HIV/AIDS is also recognized as a top priority in the HSDP IV and the HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan (SPM II 2010/11-2014/15) places due emphasis on HIV prevention.
UNFPA's Response and Support:

  • UNFPA focuses on youth from ages 10-24, with a special attention on vulnerable groups such as girls within marriage, orphans and street children, adolescent and youth with disabilities, sex workers and their clients, domestic workers, adolescents and youth in pastoralist communities, and students in higher institutions.
  • UNFPA is supporting a joint program on Right Based Approach to Adolescent and Youth Development, which aims to promote adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health rights and needs, placing special emphasis on the vulnerable and most at risk. The programme is being implemented in five regions, namely Addis Ababa, Afar, Amhara, Oromia, and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR).
  • UNFPA has provided support to the Federal Ministry of Health in the development of the current Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Health (AYRH) Strategy document.