The Strengthening Use of Research Evidence for Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (enSURE Adolescent and Youth SRH) programme, seeks to increase use of evidence in decision making processes for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH). African policymakers face challenges with accessing and using evidence for decision making in general. This challenge is particularly pronounced among policymakers responsible for adolescent SRH policy decisions. They have limited technical skills to access and use research evidence. In addition, until recently, most health systems in Africa do not include specific adolescent health indicators in the health management information system. The enSURE programme is being implemented to address these gaps in Kenya and Malawi and lesson will be used to inform regional actions.
Population of target
Young people 10-24 years comprising adolescents 10-19 years and youth 20-24 years.
The programme is implemented using 3 main approaches:
We generate evidence to inform national policy and programme decisions and enhance commitment and resource allocation to adolescent SRH using the following approaches:
Our strategy targets two levels of key audiences i.e. national level and regional level. At national level, the main target of our advocacy strategy are officials in the Ministries of health, education, gender and youth, the population secretariats, and members of parliament, as well as major non-governmental organizations working on adolescent SRH in each country. We also engage the mass media in advocacy activities. At the regional level, we target regional networks (e.g. NEAPACOH).
Our strategy comprises:
We strengthen the capacity of mid-level policy actors in health to use evidence for decision making to improve young people’s SRH outcomes. Specific activities comprise strengthening of the health management information system and health service provider skills.