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Sexual and reproductive health and rights in the era of COVID-19: a qualitative study of the experiences of vulnerable urban youth in Ethiopia

13.09.22 | Ethiopia

Sexual reproductive health and nutrition

Authors

Nicola Jones, Kate Pincock, Workneh Yadete, Meron Negussie, Estibel Mitiku, Tsinu Amde Selassie

Youth who have migrated from rural to urban areas in Ethiopia are often precariously employed, lack access to sexual and reproductive health services, and are at heightened risk of sexual violence. However, little is known about the sexual and reproductive health consequences of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, and associated lockdowns and service disruptions for urban-dwelling socially disadvantaged youth.

This paper draws on qualitative virtual research with 154 urban youths aged 15-24years who were past and present beneficiaries of United Nations Population Fund-funded programs, and 19 key informants from the city bureaus and non-governmental organisations in June 2020. Semistructured interviews by phone explored the impact of COVID-19 on young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Suggested citation:

Jones N, Pincock K, Yadete W, Negussie M, Mitiku E, AmdeSelassie T. Sexual and reproductive health and rights in the era of COVID-19: a qualitative study of the experiences of vulnerable urban youth in Ethiopia. Sex Health. 2022 Aug 23. doi: 10.1071/SH22028.


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