Bien Grandir Plus!
Bien Grandir Plus! seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of very young adolescent girls and boys aged 10-14 and older adolescents aged 15-19 in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Funded by Global Affairs Canada and launched in April 2018, Bien Grandir Plus! (BG+) seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of very young adolescent (VYA) girls and boys aged 10-14 and older adolescents (OA) aged 15-19 in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In this effort, BG+ addresses gender-based barriers that adolescent girls and boys face in accessing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) with a focus on increasing knowledge about and self-efficacy in the following areas including positive attitudes towards puberty and sexuality; safe sexual activity; use of contraception; sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) response services; parent-child communication about sexuality; and attitudes and behaviors relating to gender equality. Over three years, BG+ aims to ensure that adolescent girls and boys will have the ability to transition safely through puberty and achieve their full rights to SRH; live more gender-equitable lives; and ultimately have improved health and well-being through the achievement of the following objectives:
- VYA and OA girls and boys are provided with age-tailored information on SRHR, SGBV prevention and positive gender norms, and have supportive opportunities to apply new knowledge and practice skills;
- VYA and OA girls and boys have access to adolescent-friendly, gender-sensitive, age-specific SRH information, counseling and services at public and private health facilities, including access to long-acting reversible contraception; and
- VYA and OA girls and boys are surrounded by supportive families and communities who have had the opportunity to actively reflect on, discuss, and challenge prevailing discriminatory gender norms, and are therefore more gender equitable and supportive of gender equality.
This project scales-up and extends the scope of the USAID/Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation project Growing Up Great! which has focused on providing comprehensive sexuality education and links to SRHR services for adolescents aged 10 to 14.