The Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program (AHYDP) is POPCOM’s response to the growing awareness worldwide on the reproductive health issues and concerns of the youth and their significant contribution to future population and health trends.

Projects conducted under the AHYDP include media outreach, skills training and enhancement programs, peer counseling, and support to other youth programs and projects.

General Objectives:

Contribute to policies and programs that will assist government to attain population growth and distribution consistent with economic activities and sustainable development.

Specific Objectives:

  • Reduce the incidence of pregnancy among 15-19 age group;
  • Reduce the incidence of early sexual involvement and early marriages;
  • Reduce the incidence of other reproductive health problems that includes sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS, particularly the reduction of HIV positive cases among young males; and
  • Reduce the incidence of physical and sexual violence and other forms of violence among the young people, particularly among married young females ages 15-24.

Program Strategies:

  • Development and conduct of communication strategies (IEC, social mobilization, BCC) to raise appreciation on population issues
  • Enabling national, local and sectoral key stakeholders in integrating population dimensions in planning and policy development;
  • Advocacy and capacity-building for enacting, designing, implementing, and monitoring population-related policies and programs at all levels
  • Design and conduct of researches and studies and establishment of database systems on POPDEV for planning and policy development
  • Development of monitoring and evaluation tool for POPDEV integration in development planning
  • Enabling regional and local executives, planners, and other stakeholders in efficient urban planning and management