Topic » Youth

More than half of the world’s population in 2008 was under the age of 30. The majority of these youth approaching their childbearing years live in developing countries with limited access to family planning and reproductive health services. More than 14 million girls ages 15-19 give birth each year, and they are twice as likely as women 20-34 to die from pregnancy-related causes.

PAI holds discussions on reproductive health with U.S. university students and provides advocacy grants to support youth-led organizations working on these issues internationally. PAI believes that young people must have access to comprehensive and scientifically accurate reproductive health information, services, and supplies.


Policy Brief

Why Good Sexual and Reproductive Health is Critical to the Well-Being of Youth

May 3, 2004

The international community has repeatedly agreed to meet young people’s developmental needs, including those relating to sexual and reproductive health. Yet young people often have little or no access to the information and services they need to make healthy, informed … Continue reading »



In This Generation – Sexual & Reproductive Health Policies for a Youthful World

April 29, 2002

Across the globe, adults wring their hands over the behavior of young people, yet are often unable to communicate effectively with them about their sexual and reproductive lives. Parents, teachers and other adults widely fail to prepare young people with … Continue reading »