New reports from ATHENA
Link Up Published in Journal of Adolescent Health
Research and innovation in services and practice developed through the Link Up project have been published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The supplement, ‘Integrating Rights into HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health: Evidence and experiences from the Link Up Project’ includes commentaries and research papers that demonstrate the breadth of learning generated by the project, which aimed to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of young people most affected by HIV in Burundi, Ethiopia, Uganda, Bangladesh and Myanmar. The primary groups of young people engaged in the research were young men and women who sell or transact sex or are living with HIV, men who have sex with men, and young transgender people. 

ATHENA was a global policy partner in Link Up, which improved the SRHR of almost 940,000 young people across the life of the project. We were delighted to contribute to this supplement alongside our partners and youth advocates in the consortium. 

The supplement highlights some of the major lessons generated by Link Up, including the urgent need to ensure that rights are centred in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, especially for young people from key populations, and the value of supporting leadership amongst young people. In addition, the supplement presents original research on addressing inequitable gender norms amongst young people, interventions to reduce stigma amongst health care service providers, and more. It is an invaluable resource for anyone engaged in research, programming or policy on SRHR for young people. 

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