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Community bylaws concerning sexual and reproductive health and rights in Traditional Authority Chiwalo, Machinga district, southern Malawi

Maryse Kok , Mariëlle Le Mat , Alister Munthali, Peter Mvula
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To what extent are they responsive to young people’s needs?

Community bylaws are commonly accepted mechanisms to influence behaviour change to achieve better health and development outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa. However, the uses, benefits, and potential downsides of community bylaws are largely unclear, especially regarding sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of young people.

The objective of this study was to determine the extent to which community bylaws in Machinga district in southern Malawi are responsive to young people’s realities and SRHR needs.

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    Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are critical to the healthy development of young people, but many young people must find their way with inaccurate information, poor access to health services, and harmful gender norms that prevent girls from having a say in decisions that affect them. In many African countries, young girls face […]