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In Myanmar, young people account for about 28 per cent of the total population.* Young people include adolescents (aged 10-19) and youth (aged 15-24). Sexual and reproductive health is still considered a taboo subject, making it challenging for young people to access accurate information which helps them make informed choices for their future.

UNFPA Activities

UNFPA works to strengthen the Myanmar health system to improve young people’s access to high-quality and equitable services in the area of sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. To support health workers, UNFPA created the “Adolescent and Youth Friendly Health Services Manual for Basic Health Staff” to promote and support youth friendly health services.

In the area of information, UNFPA conducts life skills training about sexual and reproductive health. The Skills Development Trainings promote communication, presentation and peer education. Activities also include radio programmes, edutainment shows and hotline counselling.

Having supported the development of the Five Year Strategic Plan for Young People’s Health (2016-2020), UNFPA is adopting a multi-sectoral approach in collaboration with the government, professional associations, and civil society organizations, including NGOs.



* 2014 Myanmar Population and Housing Census