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Sexual and Reproductive Health Status of Adolescents and Youth in Nepal
Sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and youth is a common concern for policy makers, service providers, academician and development practitioners. This article shades light on current sexual and reproductive health status of young people in Nepal. Using data from Nepal Demographic and Health Survey 2011 and Nepal Adolescents and Youth Survey 2010/11, this article illustrates number of important sexual and reproductive health issues. Nepali youth are at turmoil of demographic, cultural and social shifts. They have begun to challenge the conventional values without social and family acceptance. At the time service mechanisms are not sufficiently institutionalized to address the need of young people, it is urgent to scale up the youth friendly services. Despite improvements in lives of young people, their vulnerability is also increasing. At the time, age at marriage and first birth have increased; knowledge of family planning is universal; exposure to means of communication has improved; the recent surveys show increasing sexual and reproductive health vulnerability of young people. Therefore, a service delivery mechanism addressing the dynamics of young people is required to safeguard sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people.