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Feasibility Study of the Young Expert Program (YEP) on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) incl. HIV/AIDS

Ministry of Foreign Affairs- Netherlands
Field of Expertise:
Health Service Delivery; PHC/MNCH/RH/Nutrition/W&S; Reproductive Health / Maternal health / newborn health; Social Values and Determinants of Health; Social determinants; Education
Narrative description of project:
Sexual and reproductive health and right’s (SRHR) incl. HIV/AIDS is a significant multisectoral field within Dutch development policy. In this area an increasing amount of Dutch development support is going towards Francophone countries. Many of these countries have SRHR statistics that are worse than the Anglophone countries in the same region. International continuing education programmes, also in the field of SRHR and public health, are largely in English. Therefore there is an important need for French language SRHR/public health training of both Dutch professionals within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (and its embassies), partner organizations, implementing organizations and local organizations. YEP SRHR could provide a tailor-made training, in French language.

The objectives of this feasibility study were :

• To establish the additional value (additional to existing post-secondary French language courses in public health in USA/Canada and in Europe) for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, partner and implementing organizations and for the sector in general, of a YEP SRHR programme focused on the francophone countries in the SAHEL.
• To determine whether demand and supply for a YEP SRHR programme are geared to one another for a sustained YEP SRHR programme that justifies the investment to develop the YEP SRHR programme.
Description of services provided:
A team of two experts assessed the feasibility of establishing a YEP on the topic of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), mainly through the consultation of key stakeholders. Using a semi-structured guide, they interviewed 25 stakeholders, mainly Dutch organisations active in SRHR in the South, but also Dutch embassies, branches of Share-net International, SRHR training programmes, and others. An additional 17 organisations filled out an online survey questionnaire. The information was analysed to develop integrated conclusions about the demand, supply, added value, feasibility and sustainability of a YEP SRHR.