Realizing the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Adolescents in Bolivia

Soundcloud | 7-15-2013

With fewer than 1,000 days left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, MDG target 5b: to achieve Universal Access to Reproductive Health by 2015, remains the most off-track of all 8 development goals. Progress towards MDG 5b has been slow and uneven. However, in Bolivia, one of the countries in Latin America which faces the greatest challenges to development and poverty eradication, indicators relating to reproductive health are starting to improve.

The documentary explores this positive trend by zooming in on Bolivian initiative Centro de Investigacion, Educacion y Servicios, also known as CIES. At the start of 2011, Irish Aid committed three year funding for CIES to carry out the Most At-Risk Adolescents programme, which provides sexual and reproductive health services to marginalized young people living and working on the streets.

Listening to the voices of the highly trained professionals and tenacious young people at the heart of CIES’ innovative service delivery approach, we can begin to understand why access to reproductive health is crucial to breaking the cycle of poverty, particularly for young people and adolescents.

Click here to see a slideshow of CIES' work with vulnerable youth.

Press 'play' below to listen to the radio documentary.

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