RHIYA In Brief
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Who will benefit

People aged ten to 24 in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Lao PDR, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam will participate in and benefit from RHIYA activities.

The EU/UNFPA Reproductive Health Initiative for Youth in Asia (RHIYA) is designed to contribute to the improved sexual and reproductive health status of adolescents and young people in South and Southeast Asia, especially among poor and deprived population groups.

Adolescents and youth make up a significant portion of the populations of South and Southeast Asia. As the age at marriage rises, a gap is emerging between physical maturity and cultural expectations of pre-marital abstinence. Estimates show that approximately 50 per cent of the HIV/AIDS infections in these countries are among those aged 10-24. However, while lifestyles are changing rapidly in the Programme area, attitudes towards sexual and reproductive health for youth and adolescents are not, resulting in a large population with unmet needs.






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