Years of continuous conflict, unemployment, little access to health education and poor quality instruction are very often mentioned as the main problems of young people in Afghanistan. Although 68 percent of the population of Afghanistan is under 25 years of age (Central Statistics Office, 2004), young women and men still suffer tremendously from disfranchisement in their families and communities. In traditional Afghan society, youth have very limited rights and most choices regarding their family life, education, and professional endeavors, social and artistic activities are made for them by the elders.

The issue of Reproductive Health and Rights as a biggest concern still remains veiled in Afghanistan and very little information can be found about SRHR. HIV/Aids emerged as another headache for Afghans. In recent years Afghanistan has seen a relative explosion in HIV/Aids infection rates.

Much work remains to be done, despite some efforts by the Reproductive Health Directorate of Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in the last seven years to increase access to services. High infant mortality is also a concern in Afghanistan. The infant mortality rate (IMR) was estimated at 129 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2006 (MoPH, 2006), and the neonatal mortality rate at 60 per 1,000 live births in 2004 (UNICEF, 2010).

Total fertility rate is 6.6 (2008) and contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) is 22.8% (2007). The national household survey conducted by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reported that 33% of currently married women demonstrated knowledge of at least one modern method of contraception.

Youth for Change and Development Organization (YCDO) strives to organize series of awareness programs among youth groups from universities, high schools and civil society organizations. These awareness programs will be conducted in Kabul and then the word will be spread through outreach activities, media broadcasting including social media to reach out to everyone especially to local communities and those live in remote areas.


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