Patterns of utilization of sexual and reproductive health services by secondary school-going adolescents in Gaborone City Council, Botswana, in 2011

Tshegofatso Maotwe, Anna Voce

Abstract


Adolescents in Botswana face many sexual and reproductive health (SRH) challenges including high maternal mortality, sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and unintended pregnancies, despite available SRH services. The youth friendly service concept has been initiated and various strategies developed to address adolescentsí concerns, however barriers to accessing services still exist and services remain underutilized. Failure to use SRH services can result in health challenges hence the need to conduct a study on patterns of utilization of sexual and reproductive health services by secondary school-going adolescents in Gaborone, which will assist the district to re-orient and develop better strategies to address identified needs.†††