Meeting the Need, Fulfilling the Promise: Youth and Longacting Reversible Contraceptives
by Nancy Yinger
Policy Brief, Population Reference Bureau, September 2016
The importance of providing reproductive health information and services to youth is gaining worldwide attention. In 2015 the Global Consensus Statement on youth and long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) was launched and more than 50 influential organisations and governments have signed on. This brief discusses the advantages and challenges of providing LARCs – specifically contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs) – to youth, and provides case studies from Ethiopia and Madagascar. It also outlines actions for policymakers and donors to make youth access to LARCs a reality.