CERCA, Community-embedded reproductive health care for adolescents in Latin America
Development of a comprehensive framework for community-embedded interventions targeted at improved access to quality primary health services, a supporting and enabling environment, and strengthened competence to make reproductive health choices.
To develop a comprehensive strategy of interventions targeted at enhanced access to adolescent-friendly reproductive care in primary health services
To develop an approach to reach adolescents for awareness raising activities and for survey purposes through the use of media (internet and text messages);
To implement and monitor the strategy of interventions and to perform an impact evaluation of the developed intervention strategy;
To develop a strategy to bridge the gap between research and policy by involving policy and decision makers actively in the research process;
Qualitative research: participant observation ethnographic fieldwork in Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua
Quantitative research: surveys and review of literature and politics (to define sexual and reproductive health determinant for adolescents)
Use of media (internet and text messages)
Fieldwork and analysis
Setting up 4 Community Advisory Boards (Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Belgium)
Develop, implement and evaluate an intervention strategy
Getting politicians involved
Awareness raising and dissemination of research results
Improving access for adolescents to quality primary health services, a supporting and enabling environment, and strengthened competence to make reproductive health choices.
A strategy to bridge the gap between research and policy.
Establishment of 4 Community Advisory Boards (Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Belgium)
An international conference
Publications: Scientific articles and policy documents
A cross-sectional study on attitudes toward gender equality, sexual behavior, positive sexual experiences, and communication about sex among sexually active and non-sexually active adolescents in Bolivia and Ecuador:
Factorial validation of the Attitudes toward Women Scale for Adolescents (AWSA) in assessing sexual behaviour patterns in Bolivian and Ecuadorian adolescents
South Group, Bolivia; University of Cuenca, Ecuador; Kaunas University of Medicine, Lithuania; University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, Nicaragua; Instituto Centro Americano de la Salud, Nicaragua.
March 01, 2010 - February 28, 2014