Project profile — Improving Adolescents and Youth’s Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (RESPECT)


Doctors of the World Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011509)
2021-09-27 - 2026-10-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Burkina Faso (37.67%)
• Benin (28.66%)
• Haiti (33.67%)


• Population policy and administrative management:
Population policy and administrative management (13010) (22.00%)
Reproductive health care (13020) (36.00%)
Family planning (13030) (11.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (29.00%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified: Promotion of development awareness (99820) (2.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to improve access to sexual and reproductive health care for marginalized and vulnerable people, particularly adolescent girls and young women between the ages of 10 and 24, in Benin, Burkina Faso, and Haiti. Project activities include: (1) providing training to teachers and educators on comprehensive sexual education; (2) providing training to health care providers on high-quality, gender-sensitive and adolescent-friendly sexual and reproductive health services, particularly for adolescent girls and young women; (3) organizing awareness-raising campaigns targeted at parents and community members on improving their general knowledge about the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of adolescent girls and young women, to dispel stigma, and to encourage productive communication around sexual and reproductive topics; (4) working with youth and women’s rights groups to advocate for better SRHR policies in all three countries; and (5) leading an educational campaign across Canada, particularly targeting young Canadians, to raise awareness around SRHR and sexual and gender-based violence. The project expects to benefit 850,000 people across all three countries. Doctors of the World is implementing this project in partnership with Lawyers without Borders Canada, and several local partners, including women’s groups and government agencies across all three countries.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased equitable use of sexual and reproductive health services, especially by vulnerable and marginalized adolescent girls and young women aged 10 to 24 years in the targeted countries’ regions; (2) improved provision of gender sensitive, inclusive and accountable health services by health care providers, particularly to adolescent girls and young women aged 10 to 24 years in the targeted countries’ regions; and (3) improved effectiveness of women’s and girls’ rights organizations and health authorities in advocating for evidence based, accountable and equitable SRHR policies and legal frameworks.

Results achieved 

Among the results achieved by March 2023: 1) support for awareness-raising activities on sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence and related rights, for adolescents and young people. This has been granted to 244 peer educators, made up of 150 women and 94 men in Benin, and 141 peer educators, including 77 women and 64 men in Burkina Faso; 2) training of 150 health workers, including 105 women and 45 men. This focuses on the provision of high-quality, sensitive sexual and reproductive health services that respect the needs and rights of adolescents and young people in Burkina Faso; 3) implementation of advanced health and sexual and reproductive health strategy activities. All dedicated to 7,233 adolescents and young people, including 4,292 women and 2,941 men in Benin; 4) collaboration with civil society organizations and associations to develop three advocacy plans in Benin and 17 in Burkina Faso in favor of the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents and young people. 5) Sensitization of 4,950 adults in Haiti, 5,218 adults in Benin and 5,146 adults in Burkina Faso. This activity focuses on the needs of adolescents and young people in relation to sexual and reproductive health and rights. It also includes positive communication, gender issues and gender-based violence.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $6,368,512
Planned disbursement $6,487,593
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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