Community-embedded Reproductive health Care for Adolescents in Latin America

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Contract/Grant agreement number
: 241615
EC contribution
: € 2,893,700.00
: 48 months
Starting date
: 01/03/2010
: sexual and reproductive health, adolescents, action research, intervention mapping, Latin America, community participation, impact evaluation, health policy research.
Project web-site
: http://www.proyectocerca.org/
Video on project interventions in Nicaragua

CERCA aims to develop a framework for health systems to improve the responsiveness to the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents. The interventional research is based on the hypothesis that a comprehensive strategy of community-embedded interventions helps to meet the SRH needs of adolescents. The CERCA project will test this hypothesis and describe the development, implementation and testing of intervention strategies and related factors. The settings are cities in Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua.

The interventions are targeting at improved access to adolescent-friendly health services, an enabling environment and strengthened adolescent competence to make reproductive health choices. The use of internet and text message on mobiles will be studied as gateway to reach adolescents. Policy makers are continuously involved in the research as a part of the project strategy to bridge the gap between research and policies.

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