Research project The overall purpose of this project is to identify the mechanisms that trigger integration of SRHR interventions into community based health systems and whether such integration promotes (or not) acceptability and adoption of SRHR services.
Neglect of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for adolescents results in poor health outcomes such as unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and violence. Community-based interventions aimed at strengthening SRHR for adolescents can help to reduce such health challenges. There is limited knowledge of the mechanisms that can effectively deliver such interventions, or of the processes that can bring about their integration into the health system. The purpose of this project is to identify the mechanisms that facilitate integration of SRHR interventions into community health systems, and establish whether such integration promotes (or not) the acceptability and adoption of SRHR services. This will be achieved by conducting a multiple case study embedded within an ongoing RCT. A theory-driven evaluation will be applied, which will, through a stepwise approach, develop and refine a causal theory resulting in policy recommendations, steering further research and informing teaching programmes. The 3-year project was conceived based in the partners´ mutual interest in health policy and systems research with a focus on community-based interventions to promote equity and the right to health. We aim for a long-term partnership through mutual development of methodological expertise and projects beyond this ResearchLink proposal. Regular workshops, study visits, and virtual meetings for senior and junior researchers will form the backbone of activities.