Sub-Saharan Africa

A group of children with a photographer in Zambia. © 2004 J.E. Jack, Courtesy of Photoshare

Young people constitute a larger proportion of the population of Africa than of any other region of the world. The future of this continent depends on the investments made in African youth today that will allow them to become effective leaders, productive citizens, and good parents tomorrow. Currently, African youth face many challenges as they transition from childhood to adulthood. Poverty, unemployment, violence, sexual coercion, substance abuse, and other harmful situations faced disproportionately by Africa's young people heighten their risk of unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and HIV/AIDS. 

This section of the Youth Policy Toolkit contains national policies, strategy documents, and other materials that support youth reproductive health policy in Africa.