An examination of very young adolescents' (ages 10-14) sexual and reproductive health needs and risks. Based on research in Ethiopia, Lebanon, and Thailand.
In humanitarian settings, adolescents face multiple risks to their sexual and reproductive health (SRH). Child-bearing and HIV-related risks are compounded by increased exposure to forced sex, early marriage and reduced availability of SRH services that are sensitive to adolescent needs. Additionally, following an emergency, gaps in accessible and affordable services and family networks reduce adolescents’ ability to access age- and developmentally appropriate information and services for their healthy sexual and reproductive development.