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Going all-out for human rights and sexual health

Aiming for results in Burkina Faso

Stuart Adams

Peer reviewers
  • Susan Leather, ILO
  • Luise Lehmann, independent consultant

Author of the approach: Eva Neuhaus / Published by the Secretariat of the German HIV Practice Collection Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, first edition December 2009, this edition January 2011

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Officially launched in January 2004, the German-Burkinabe Sexual Health and Human Rights Programme (PROSAD) was chosen for write-up in the German HIV Practice Collection because, over the years, it has become a uniquely sustained, comprehensive and results-driven effort to protect and empower women, youth and children. It has helped raise their own and public awareness of their human rights, including their sexual and reproductive rights, and has provided them with a range of services and mechanisms that allow them to take advantage of those rights.

PROSAD has three components: The first focuses on youth and their needs for information and services in the areas of family planning, sexual and reproductive health, and prevention, care and treatment for HIV infection. The second focuses on women and girls and their needs for information about their basic rights and mechanisms they can turn to when their rights are violated, with special attention to stopping female genital mutilation (FGM) and to enrolling and retaining girls in school. The third focuses on children and their needs for protection from child trafficking and the worst forms of child labour.

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