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Role of NGOs

NGOs are playing important roles in providing care and information, and in advancing adolescents’ reproductive rights. In Indonesia, for example, the Government acknowledges that NGOs are often more advanced in providing services to adolescents. It reports that adolescents and “other people who really understand youth” are managing youth centres developed by the Indonesian Planned Parenthood Association.

In Ethiopia, NGOs are collaborating in providing reproductive health services for adolescents through youth centres and community-based programmes. They are also encouraging youth to undertake selfinitiated income-generating activities through small-scale loans.

In Jamaica, the Futures Group International, an international NGO, is collaborating with the Ministry of Health in carrying out a mass media campaign promoting abstinence among all adolescents and educating older ones about safer sex.

In India, the seven NGOs in the Kidavri Network for Adolescent Skills (a mix of religious, social action, social research and humanitarian organizations) serve diverse groups of poor and marginalized adolescents, including street children, and promotes youth participation in decision-making.

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