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Interventions and Strategies to Improve Sexual and Reproductive Health Outcomes among Adolescents Living in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Version 1 : Received: 25 June 2021 / Approved: 29 June 2021 / Online: 29 June 2021 (13:20:50 CEST)

How to cite: Meherali, S.; Rehmani, M.; Ali, S.; Lassi, Z.S. Interventions and Strategies to Improve Sexual and Reproductive Health Outcomes among Adolescents Living in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Preprints 2021, 2021060708 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0708.v1). Meherali, S.; Rehmani, M.; Ali, S.; Lassi, Z.S. Interventions and Strategies to Improve Sexual and Reproductive Health Outcomes among Adolescents Living in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Preprints 2021, 2021060708 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0708.v1).

Abstract

Adolescent’s access to quality Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights interventions has been a major issue in most of the low- to middle-income countries (LMICs) across the globe. This systematic review aims to identify the relevant community and school-based interventions that can be implemented in -LMICs to promote adolescent’s sexual and reproductive health and rights outcomes. We identified 54 studies and our review findings suggest that Adolescent’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR) educational interventions, provision of financial incentives, and provision of comprehensive -post-abortion family planning services are effective in increasing adolescent’s knowledge on ASRHR, attitude towards ASRHR, uptake of ASRHR services, contraception and decreased unwanted pregnancy rates among young women. However, we found inconclusive and limited evidence on the effectiveness of the interventions to improve violence prevention and adolescent behaviors towards safe sexual practices. More rigorous studies with long-term follow-ups are needed to assess the effectiveness of such interventions.

Subject Areas

Adolescent’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR); interventions; outcomes; ASRHR services; condom use; teenage pregnancy; contraception

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