Transforming Futures, One Young Person at a Time

Today, around the world, there are about 1.8 billion adolescents and young people between the ages of 10 and 24. Investments in their health and education can transform their lives and produce positive economic and social results. Jhpiego supports evidence-based adolescent health programs that help young people reach their full potential and lead healthy, productive lives.

The leading cause of death for 15- to 19-year-old girls is complications from pregnancy and childbirth. They represent 11% of all births worldwide.

Countries we support

Meeting the needs of a nation’s vibrant youth

More than half of India’s population (732 million people!) is under age 30. Watch this video to learn how Jhpiego is working with the Government of India and the Population Reference Bureau to ensure that Indian millennials have the health care they want and need to secure healthy futures for themselves, their families and their communities.

From Bleak to Bright

An unexpected pregnancy could have meant the end to 17-year-old’s Shanille Blase’s dreams of college and independence. But with support from her family and a village health program for teens, Shanille got the care and counseling she needed to plan a future for herself and her son. 

Read Shanille’s story

How We Make an Impact

We equip adolescents with the education, support, services and opportunities they need to plan their futures and help them reach their goals. Read about Jhpiego’s four-pronged youth and adolescent health approach.

  • To ensure adolescent and youth-led design, we work hand in hand with adolescents and youth as partners in project design.
  • We work with adolescents and youth to help them set goals and plan their futures, connect them to health services so they can meet their goals, and introduce them to economic and education opportunities to transform their futures.
  • We identify and train peer leaders and build the capacity of adolescent and youth-led organizations because we recognize the crucial role that young people play as key stakeholders in the health system.
  • Our sexual and reproductive health and family planning initiatives: provide counseling and information to adolescents and youth so they can protect their health and prevent unintended pregnancies, generate knowledge about and demand for contraceptives, and increase access to adolescent-responsive health services.
  • We work with ministries of health and health facilities to transform health services to be responsive to adolescents and youth, building the capacity of service providers to offer quality adolescent health care services that are nonjudgmental and nondiscriminatory.
  • Jhpiego’s HIV initiatives connect key and vulnerable populations, including adolescent girls and young women, with community-based comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment services. Our approach equips adolescents and youth with educational materials, peer support networks, youth-friendly health services—including HIV counseling, testing and treatment—and commodities. We also train girls who are no longer in school, providing them with business skills and supporting them to form groups where they can access capital for business and social networks.

To increase awareness of, demand for and access to adolescent and youth health services, Jhpiego engages communities to create an enabling environment that supports adolescents and youth by:

  • Working with community and religious leaders so they understand the challenges adolescents face and the importance of investing in this population
  • Mapping communities to identify need and increase access to services
  • Strengthening skills of parents to communicate with adolescents and youth and to serve as parent champions who mentor other parents

Jhpiego supports national ministries of health to:

  • Coordinate adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health services at the national level through technical working groups.
  • Advocate for resources to support adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health services.
  • Develop national policies, standards and guidelines to improve quality of adolescent health.
  • Work with ministries of health to efficiently scale up national HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination programs to protect girls and improve the health of adolescents.
  • Research how to reach girls in and out of school for HPV vaccination.

Why is it important to invest in adolescent health?

Adolescents have a fundamental right to health. According to the World Health Organization, investments in adolescent health produce a “triple dividend” of benefits: for adolescents now, for their future and for the next generation. These investments can have long-term impact and reduce poverty by enhancing adolescents’ economic abilities, which benefits them, their households and their community. For adolescent girls, the benefits of avoiding pregnancies include improved health, a better chance of reaching a higher level of education and building their skill set, lower fertility over their lifetime, prevention of unsafe abortions and reduced social isolation. The Sustainable Development Goals will not be achieved without strategies that promote the health and well-being of adolescents.

Helping Girls Realize Their Dreams

Lunzu, Blantyre District, Malawi — Alinafe Machilika had to leave high school before finishing her final year, dashing her hopes of becoming a nurse. Her family couldn’t afford the fees. The teen quickly married and soon had a baby, which left her wholly dependent on her husband. The couple fought, mostly about money. With little


Making Change

As a global leader in the business of saving lives and transforming futures in the world’s most challenging places, Jhpiego, as you might imagine, is working overtime—and enlisting new talent.  Amid the COVID-19 pandemic’s devastating impact on the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, Jhpiego is looking to the next generation to share ideas, energy and passions as they focus on resolving societal concerns important to them.  Through the aptly named Changemakers curriculum, Jhpiego is building


The Face of an AIDS-Free Generation: Jilala Shusha is one in a million

Singida Region, Tanzania—Jilala Shusha’s personal milestone says a lot about his country’s commitment to delivering on the promise of  an AIDS-free generation. At 17, Jilala decided to be circumcised, even though traditional circumcision is not practiced by his family, who are migrant herders of goats and cattle. With support and informed consent from his family,

HIV prevention

ECHO Resonates across Zambia

For more than half his young life, 13-year-old Mbumwae Khagwanda was a frequent visitor to the local primary care health facility, Limulunga Rural Health Centre, situated about 1 mile from his home in Western Province but hundreds of miles from Zambia’s capital.  Staff there, who had limited experience handling complex cases, had tried over the


Mentor Mothers Provide a Path to HIV Wellness in South Sudan

Juba, South Sudan – Put yourself in Mary’s shoes. Imagine being 17, living in South Sudan, and learning that you are HIV-positive. Your family rejects you so you run away, desperate to keep your “secret” from others. You want to die and figure that stopping your antiretrovirals (ARVs) will hasten the end. However, before despair


At the Center of Primary Health Care

Nurses Protect Girls from the Leading Cancer Killer of Women in Tanzania.


A Ticket To Health!

Jhpiego, with funding from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, in partnership with the Government of Tanzania, aims to reach tens of thousands of young girls with HPV vaccinations.


Kuza Clubs Nurture Kenyan Girls’ Dreams

Kuza provides a safe space for young teens to talk about all the issues and concerns that impact their daily lives and futures, everything from schoolwork and parents’ expectations to pregnancy and HIV.


Advocating for Adolescent Access to Contraceptives

After his 15-year-old daughter gave birth, Daniel Otieno overcame taboos on discussing sex with his children to become an advocate for youth access to reproductive health services and contraceptives. Jhpiego, with funding from Merck for Mothers and in partnership with the Kenya Red Cross, launched the G-Amini project in 2016 to empower adolescents and help them safely transition into healthy childbearing and fully realize their potential to build a brighter future for themselves.


Helping Teen Moms Take Charge of Their Futures

Shanille was 4 months pregnant—young, afraid and alone. But a new teen-friendly program in the Philippines connected her to the care and support she needed to have a healthy pregnancy and a bright future.


Philippines Teen Centers Empower Pregnant Adolescents

At 16, Garneth Sebial was like any other teenager. Her life was all about attending school, finishing homework and spending time with friends. She had also started exploring her sexuality.


You Can Transform Futures!

Help us ensure that young people have the education, health services and power they need to reach their potential. Ensuring access to these crucial arenas for young women and men helps communities thrive for generations to come.

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