Improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Latin America: reflections from an
International Congress

In February 2014, an international congress on Promoting Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health
(ASRH) took place in Cuenca, Ecuador. Its objective was to share evidence on effective ASRH intervention
projects and programs in Latin America, and to link this evidence to ASRH policy and program
development. Over 800 people participated in the three-day event and sixty-six presentations were
Community embedded reproductive health interventions for adolescents in Latin America:
development and evaluation of a complex multi-centre intervention

Adolescents in Latin America are at high risk for unwanted and unplanned pregnancies, which often result in
unsafe abortions or poor maternal health outcomes. Both young men and women in the region face an
increased risk of sexually transmitted infections due to inadequate sexual and reproductive health
information, services and counselling. To date, many adolescent health programmes have targeted a single
determinant of sexual and reproductive health.

Primary healthcare providers’ views on improving sexual and reproductive healthcare for
adolescents in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua

To improve ASRH services within primary healthcare institutions in three Latin American countries, primary
healthcare providers call for focusing on improving the youth-friendliness of health settings. To facilitate this,
they suggested engaging with key stakeholders, such as parents, schools, and decision-makers at the
policy level.

When target groups talk back: at the intersection of visual ethnography and adolescent sexual
When I first arrived in the Cuenca, Ecuador, tobegin ethnographic fieldwork as part of an adolescent sexual
and reproductive health project (CERCA), my colleagues at the University of Cuenca Medical School
assured me that talking about sex with young people, their parents, or anyone else in this predominantly
Catholic city would be difficult.
CERCA Documents

Boletin 1 - Diciembre 2010

Boletin 2 - Septiembre 2011

Boletin 3 - Diciembre 2011

Boletin 4 - Marzo 2012

Boletin 6 - Junio 2012

Boletin 7 - Septiembre 2012

Boletin 8 - Febrero 2013

Boletin 9 - Noviembre 2013
Published articles
Magazines / Revistas
A strategy for promoting adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Latin America, CERCA, February 2014 EN

Cuenca Declaration, CERCA, February 2014 EN/ESP/FR

Incidencia Poltica Proyecto CERCA, CERCA. Enero 2014 ESP

Information and Communications Technology in Sexual and Reproductive health care for Adolescents, Cordova, Hagens, 2013 EN

Documento de Referencia: Bolivia

Documento de Referencia: Ecuador

Documento de Referencia: Nicaragua

A methodological model for developing, implementing and testing health promoting strategies, CERCA, February 2014

Metodos Anticonceptivos, Vega, Diciembre 2010

Nudos Críticos para la atención en Salud Sexual y Reproductiva para adolescentes, Vega, Encalada, Sarmiento

Translation of CERCA research in policy measures, ICRH, February 2014

A qualitative analysis of the CERCA interventions promoting adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Latin America, UvA, February 2014

Quantitative impact evaluation of community-embedded reproductive health interventions for adolescents in Bolivia, Ecuador y Nicaragua, ICRH, February 2014

Reference Document Final: Bolivia, CERCA, January 2014

Reference Document Final: Ecuador, CERCA, January 2014

Reference Document Final: Nicaragua, CERCA, January 2014

Assessment Report on the use of Internet for Awareness Raising Activities, South Group, February 2014

Brechas Insuperables?: Síntesis de los resultados de los primeros “Comités Comunitarios”, Nelson, Mayo 2012

Moscas, Tortilleros, Barzolas y Zorras: El chisme y la estigmatización de sexo y sexualidad en adolescentes, Nelson, Agosto 2012

Resumen del Documento de Referencia: Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua

Summary Qualitative Research - Phase 1, Nelson, June 2011

Revista No 2 Estadistica y guia de atencion Adolescente, South Group, Marzo 2012

Análisis comparativo y sus determinantes de la Salud Sexual y Reproductiva de adolescentes en Bolivia, Ecuador y Nicaragua, South Group, Agosto 2011

INFORME WP6, Nelson, Edmonds, Enero 2014

WP6 WORKING REPORT. Nelson, June 2013
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