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Community-embedded Reproductive health Care for Adolescents

Objective

Adolescents in Latin America are confronted with serious sexual and reproductive health problems. Besides the negative physical effects, poor sexual and reproductive health brings about social threats for adolescents. The CERCA project aims to contribute to the global knowledge about how health systems could be more responsive to the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents and by extension to the other health needs of their populations. In a first phase the determinants for sexual and reproductive health for adolescents will be analysed in research settings in three Latin American cities: Cochabamba in Bolivia, Cuenca in Ecuador, and Managua in Nicaragua. Subsequently a comprehensive strategy for community-embedded interventions will be developed that targets at improved access to adolescent-friendly reproductive health care in primary health services, a supporting and enabling environment and strengthened adolescent competence to make reproductive health choices. A strong emphasis will be put on the use of media (internet and text message on mobiles) to reach adolescents for empowering actions. The strategy will be implemented and tested on its impact and applicability. The analysis of the implementation processes and the evaluation results will help to develop a framework for community-embedded interventions that improve the responsiveness of health systems to health needs. Community-participatory action research will be the main methodology for the development of the intervention strategy and the framework. A randomised control and a quasi experimental study will be used for the impact evaluation. Policy makers will be continuously involved in the research project as a part of the project strategy to bridge the gap between health research and health policies.

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2009-single-stage
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 977 160
Administrative Contact
Marleen Temmerman (Prof.)

Participants (6)

SOUTH GROUP SRL
Bolivia
EU contribution
€ 374 404
Address
Av Heroinas O 165 Edif Alba Ii O-165
Cochabamba
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kathya Lorena Cordova Pozo (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE CUENCA
Ecuador
EU contribution
€ 407 840
Address
12 Of April Avenue
01.01 Cuenca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bernardo Vega Crespo (Dr.)
LIETUVOS SVEIKATOS MOKSLU UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 194 656
Address
A Mickeviciaus Gatve 9
44307 Kaunas
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lina Jaruševičienė (Dr.)
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 367 144
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
José Komen (Ms.)
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES Y ESTUDIOS DE SALUD - CIES UNAN
Nicaragua
EU contribution
€ 220 368
Address
De La Rotonda Santo Domingo 1/2 Cuadra Al Sur. Costado Izquierdo. Barrio Habana
3507 Managua
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Miguel Orozco (Dr.)
INSTITUTO CENTROAMERICANO DE LA SALUD ICAS ASSOCIATION - CENTRAL AMERICAN HEALTH INSTITUTE
Nicaragua
EU contribution
€ 352 128
Address
Reparto Los Robles - Casa 77 - Restaurante La Marsellaise - Cuadra Al Norte, Cuadra Al Este 77
2234 Managua
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Joel Antonio Medina Lopez (Mr.)