Over 60 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of conflict and climate-related disaster and over half of them are under 18 years of age. The right to access adolescent sexual and reproductive heath (ASRH) services has been enshrined in international frameworks, and investment in maternal, child and adolescent health can result in high social and economic returns to countries. The project will focus on key barriers and enablers and potential interventions that can promote for example, ‘adolescent-friendly contraceptive services’(AFCS).
This project specifically researches the family planning needs of adolescents experiencing multiple displacement as a result of humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe. A health systems, ethics and health economics approach to accessibility and utilisation of family planning services for multiply displaced adolescents both in Zimbabwe and further afield will be developed. A mixed methods study will include adolescent engagement and participation. The approach incorporates a longer-term vision for intervention.