There are almost one billion young people aged between 10 and 24 years living in Asia and the Pacific, accounting for more than a quarter of the population in this region.
These young people live in diverse socio-cultural and economic contexts, yet they share important challenges and opportunities related to their sexual and reproductive health.
In all countries, increasing access to media, urbanisation and globalisation are contributing to changing sexual values, norms and behaviours of young people, often in conflict with the traditional, conservative socio-cultural attitudes towards premarital sex and gender norms. These factors contribute to significant barriers that limit young people’s access to the information and services that they need to make a healthy transition into adulthood.
In 2015, Burnet conducted a review of young people’s sexual and reproductive health in 32 countries, commissioned by UNFPA. This wide-ranging report described the status of young people’s sexual and reproductive health outcomes, risks and determinants, and examined the impact of existing policies and programmes, and showcasing best practices in the region.
While progress has occurred, significant gaps remain in research and programming – leaving many of the SRH needs of young people unmet. The report provides recommendations and identifies priority areas where urgent focus is needed to prevent early and unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion, sexually transmitted infections and HIV. And to ensure, in this era of the Sustainable Development Goals, that no young person is left behind
In 2019 this report is being updated with new data, and will examine in more depth some key issues in the region that impact on the sexual and reproductive health of young people.