Young women’s support groups: Empowering young women and improving maternal health. PRRINN-MNCH

Authors: Health Partners International
Document Type: Policy and technical briefs
Publication Date: 2013

This is the fifth of five technical briefs on the theme of community engagement, that draws on the results and lessons learned from the PRRINN-MNCH programme. This particular brief focuses on young women’s support groups, and how they can empower young women and improve maternal health. The key messages are:

  1. Targeted strategies are required to improve maternal, newborn and child health among young married women in the north of Nigeria.
  2. In communities supported by PRRINN-MNCH, Young Women’s Support Groups had positive effects on health-seeking behaviour. The benefits of these groups extended beyond health.
  3. To reach the least-supported young women, a strategy of ‘targeting within an age-specific target group’ is essential.


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Tags: Nigeria, Social norm change, Newborn health, Maternal health, Community engagement, Child health, PRRINN-MNCH, Health information, Young women's support groups, Empowerment, MNCH, safe spaces, Health systems strengthening, PRRINN, Adolescent health,