Safeguard Young People (SYP) – Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
The UNFPA Safeguard Young People programme (SYP) will contribute to the reduction of HIV infections and improved sexual and reproductive health and rights status of young women and men aged 10 to 24 in eight Southern African countries: Zambia, Swaziland, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho. UNFPA will scale up SRHR/HIV prevention models and youth friendly health services (YFHS) in order to equip young people with knowledge, skills and values to protect themselves and capacitate member states to improve the legislative environment to address young people’s health issues.
Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Reproductive health & rights
Health systems strengthening
- Improved policy and legal environment for addressing young people’s issues, policies and programmes at the regional (SADC) national and sub-national levels.
- Increased knowledge and skills of young women and men towards adoption of protective sexual behaviours.
- Scaled up youth friendly and integrated SRHR and HIV Services for adolescents and young people through both static and outreach services.
- 6 million young people aged 10-24 are reached with sexuality education and social behaviour change communication packages.
- Target countries have harmonized the age of marriage and implemented age of marriage laws.
- 4,000 pre-service and in-service providers are trained in quality adolescent/YFHS delivery.
- 1,189 schools in project sites provide age appropriate HIV prevention and life-skills education and counselling.
- 404 health service delivery points in project sites offer standard package of adolescent/youth friendly health services
- UNFPA conducted a comprehensive and comparative analysis of laws and policies of the 15 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States affecting adolescent SRHR. Based thereon SADC and UNFPA are able to work at harmonizing legislations in the region.
- UNFPA developed in collaboration with SADC Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) the first ever SADC Model Law on Child Marriage. The Model Law requires Member States to harmonize their national laws to prevent child marriages. At the same time it is serving as a yardstick and advocacy tool for regional and national civil society organisations and legislators.
- UNFPA partnered with Ministries of Education and Health to develop resource manuals on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) for in and out of school youths as well as for young people living with HIV.
- UNFPA reached an estimated 4.4 million young people (against an original target of 3 million) through multimedia campaigns, events and newly created platforms to increase the target group’s knowledge, skills and behaviour regarding SRHR.
- UNFPA provided access to youth friendly health services for 360,000 young people.
- 42.7 million condoms were distributed to young people.
- Foreign private sector South/East
- United Nations Population Fund
Although HIV incidence rates have gone down, the region of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) still accounts for 83 percent of global infections among young people. The regional average of comprehensive knowledge of HIV and AIDS stands at 41 percent and 33 percent for males and females respectively. This is far below the 2010 target of 95 percent.
While female youths have higher HIV incidence rates, their male counterparts die more often from HIV. Today SRHR programmes are estimated at reaching 45-50 percent of eligible young people. Laws, systems and services related to SRHR introduced during the last three years are still inadequately implemented despite the number of commitments expressed by governments in international and regional human rights and SRHR fora.
 All in # End Adolescent AIDS, UNAIDS, 17 February 2015
 Young People Today. Time to Act Now, UNESCO, 2013
Primary target group: Adolescents (10-19) and young people (10-24) in the eight SADC countries. Young people most at risk of HIV including young sex workers, those living in HIV hotspot communities or in communities with high teenage pregnancy and/or high early marriage rates.
Secondary target group: Change agents implementing youth programmes: teachers, youth workers, service providers, health service providers, young peer educators, traditional initiation instructors, chiefs policymakers, law enforcement agents, and parents.
 Zambia, Swaziland, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho
The integration of SYP into UNFPA’s structures contributes to the sustainability of the project.
Results from previous phases:
The independent End of Phase Review considered SYP to be a success. Three years into the SYP project, youths are more aware of HIV risky behaviours and have a better understanding of SRHR. HIV incidence rates are slowly dropping. Legislations are dealing with outstanding youth and children’s issues.
 The Model Law on Eradicating Child Marriage and Protecting Children already in Marriage was adopted by SADC PF on 3 June 2016.
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
UNFPA’s Global Programme for Reproductive Health Commodity Security, European Union, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) affiliates at country level, AfriYan, Restless Development, UNESCO.
|Coordination with other projects and actors||
Coordination with the National Ministries of Health, Youth, Gender, and Education. Coordination with the EU supported HIV/SRHR Linkages project, SADC Strengthening Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting of OVC&Y Project, REPSSI, MiET Africa and Strengthening Social Accountability and Oversight in Health and Agriculture project (Action Aid International).
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 8’228’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 8’216’036|
Phase 2 01.02.2017 - 31.12.2019 (Completed)Phase 1 01.08.2013 - 31.01.2017 (Completed)