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What is RHIYA

The EU/UNFPA Reproductive Health Initiative for Youth in Asia (RHIYA) expands upon the successful multi-country intervention, entitled the EC/UNFPA Initiative for Reproductive Health in Asia (RHI). The RHIYA continues the successful collaboration between the European Union (EU), the UNFPA, European and local NGOs towards improving the sexual and reproductive health of the most vulnerable populations in South and South East Asia.

This large-scale, multi partner Initiative, spans seven South and South East Asian countries, namely Bangladesh, Cambodia, the Lao PDR, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam.

Concerned with fostering health family life attitudes from an early age and stemming the HIV/AIDS pandemic, starting with young people in the countries most under threat, the RHIYA seeks to encourage responsible sexual and reproductive health behaviour by increasing access to and utilisation of youth friendly information, counselling and services.

The activities of the RHIYA will focus on:

- Increasing awareness and improving SRH knowledge and behaviour among youth and adolescents;

- Improving access to and utilisation of youth-oriented SRH services;

- Enhancing technical, planning and managerial capacity among national non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community based organisations (CBO)s in the provision of adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) information and services;

- Increasing political and community support for ASRH policies and interventions; and

- Improving understanding of critical adolescent health issues in specific country contexts.





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