Framework of the Strategy

The Strategy will be implemented according to a partners, which intervenes at two levels:

  1. At policy level, partners of the Programme aim at reviewing existing policies and legal documents or at developing new instruments to protect adolescents and young people's rights and guarantee their access to SRHR information and services.
  1. At community level, partners are mobilized to reduce teenage pregnancy through improved access to SRHR services for young people, comprehensive education on teenage pregnancy and SRHR in general as well as through young people’s and women’s empowerment and increased leadership.

The strategy's expected outcome is to reduce the Teenage Pregnancy in Sierra Leone by 2015 through integrated and coordinated interventions of all partners (Government, UN agencies, NGOs, Civil Society and Youth Organizations).

By 2015, the strategy intends to have reduced the adolescent fertility rate from 122/100 (MICS 2010) to 110/1000. the number of girls who had a birth before age 19 will be reduced from 34% (SLDHS 2008) to 30%.

The strategy’s expected outputs are the following:

  1. Output 1: Improved policy and legal environment to protect adolescents and young people's right

The strategy is to be integrated within the existing policy and legal framework of Sierra Leone. It has been however identified by the partners that some specific areas (Education policy, Child act, HIV/AIDS policy) require to be revised to integrate the specific needs of Adolescent and Young People, as well as to contribute to the reduction of teenage pregnancy. Efforts will be focused on the enactment of existing laws at all levels of the society. In addition to the review of existing policies, the strategy includes the development of a specific Policy on Adolescent’s and Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Health.

  1. Output 2: Improved access to quality SRH, Protection and Education services for adolescents and young people

The strategy acknowledges that adolescents and youth encounter significant barriers when attempting to access Health, Protection and Education services and that too often, these services do not appropriately take into consideration Adolescent’s and Young People’s needs and specificities. This output, which will mobilize a large part of the resources allocated to the National Strategy will aim at providing Adolescents and Youth Friendly health services, with specific attention to contraceptives, it will contribute to the development of a social protection framework with focus on adolescent girls and attempt to provide access to education services for the most vulnerable adolescents and young people.

  1. Output 3: Comprehensive age appropriate information and education for adolescents and young people

The strategy recognizes that education is a central determinant for behavior change. Efforts must be made to specifically inform AYP, especially girls, of the risks and consequences of unsafe sexual behavior. All efforts will be made to provide age-appropriate education and communication on gender roles and teenage pregnancy to adolescents, both in and out of school. Also, in light of the challenges faced by poor households in supporting their children’s education, specific attention is given to preventing school-drop outs. The strategy will also put particular emphasis in ensuring that pregnant girls are allowed to and supported in taking their exams, so they will be able to create a life for themselves and for their children.

  1. Output 4: Communities, adolescents and young people empowered to prevent and respond to teenage pregnancy

Partners are well aware of the critical role that is played by communities in terms of social norms and behavior. The strategy will mobilize all relevant stakeholders in a participatory approach in order to design solutions and interventions collectively. Partners also recognize that should be played by adolescents and young people in decision-making and planning of activities. The empowerment and capacity development of young people will also be a central element of the output.

  1. Output 5: Coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation mechanisms in place and allowing proper management of the strategy

The strategy integrates a strong M&E system, which aims at providing accurate and reliable data to ensure the effectiveness of the intervention management, the achievement of its objectives and targets as well as of the sustainability of activities. According to the coordination arrangement described above, all partners will be responsible to report on their contribution to the interventions. The National Secretariat of the Strategy will be responsible to ensure the coherence of the systems and proceed to the integration of each M&E plan into one global system for the strategy.