The Guttmacher Institute conducts global and country-level research to estimate adolescent pregnancy rates; document adolescents’ access to sexual and reproductive health information and services; and promote fact-based, comprehensive sex education and youth-friendly, confidential services. This research sheds light on young people’s needs for sexual and reproductive health information and services, provides policymakers with evidence to inform effective programs and offers policy recommendations to address unmet needs.
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The evidence suggests that targeted investments in the formal health and education sectors could have real impact on young people’s health and lives. Investing in the health and education of adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa is an investment that ultimately benefits the greater society