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

Authors: Health Partners International
Document Type: Factsheets
Publication Date: 2013

This factsheet focuses on Young Women’s Support Groups (YSWGs) or safe spaces for girls. This is the seventh in a series of PRRINN-MNCH factsheets on the theme of Community Engagement which summarises that targeted strategies are required to improve maternal, newborn and child health among young married women in the north of Nigeria. Overall, Young Women’s Support Groups in PRRINN-MNCH communities had positive effects on health-seeking behaviour. The benefits of these groups extended beyond health. In conclusion, if the least-supported young women are to be reached, a strategy of ‘targeting within an age-specific target group’ is essential.


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Tags: Nigeria, Capacity building, Training, Capacity development, Health policy, Primary health care, Routine immunisation, Routine immunization, Newborn health, Maternal health, Community engagement, Child health, Health planning, Institutional strengthening, Health systems, PRRINN-MNCH, Access to health services, Health information, Health services, Standards, Equity, Young women's support groups, Voice and accountability, Social exclusion, MNCH, Adolescent, Adolescence, RMNCAH, income generation, YSWG, health seeking behaviour, least-supported, young married women, economic empowerment, social empowerment, safe spaces, community health system, community system, demand-side, routine, social support, V&A,