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Potential scale-up interventions in sexual and reproductive health for adolescents in low and middle-income countries

Guest Edited by: 
Kathya Cordova-Pozo, PhD, Radboud University, Netherlands
José M Belizán, MD, PhD, Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS), Argentina 

In collaboration with International Journal for Equity in Health.

This Special Issue aims to increase the evidence and creation of knowledge on scaling up action in moving from pilot projects or local initiatives to national ones, or to improve implementation of health policies and programmes with a multidisciplinary approach, in a phased manner, to improve Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH).

The increased amount of research evidence, programmatic experience and epidemiologic on sexual and reproductive health data over the past two decades has helped improve our shared understanding of the causes and possible solutions to the wide spectrum of problems faced by adolescents. New methods of intervention have been developed to respond to the needs of adolescents in different contexts, and have drawn upon their inputs to improve the implementation of these interventions. However, the shift from knowledge of interventions, to knowledge of appropriate and feasible scale-up of interventions is often a long way off as many aspects of the execution of interventions are not often included at all or in detail in reports about them. 

This special collection will focus on advancing our insights into scale-up of interventions in sexual and reproductive health for adolescents in low and middle income countries with a particular focus on the intervention methodology and the analysis of the effectiveness of implementation. We welcome high quality papers focused in quantitative and/or qualitative approaches that analyze scale in one or many country contexts. We encourage submissions for scale-up interventions that are included in WHO’s Universal Health Care Compendium that informs investments towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

This supplement was conceived in acknowledgement of the significant contributions and actions of Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli. Chandra is currently leading the work on ASRH in the World Health Organization’s Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research (which includes the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Human Reproductive Programme). He is due to retire in the middle of 2023, after thirty years in WHO. In his long and prolific career we were guided by his work and contributions to the field of ASRH scale up to call for this special collection. 

This collection is no longer accepting submissions.

Manuscripts should be formatted according to the Reproductive Health submission guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. All articles will undergo the journals full standard peer-review process and will be published upon acceptance. In the submission system please select the correct series title and also indicate in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered for this special series. More information about the journal, including full aims & scope and Editorial Board, can be found on the journal website

More information about the series can be found by contacting the Guest Editors Jose Belizan and Kathya Cordova-Pozo

For submission enquiries please contact the Editors at

  1. The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is a health and social problem. Millions of girls and women have undergone FGM or will soon, and more information is needed to effectively reduce the practice. T...

    Authors: Kathya Cordova-Pozo, Hisham Hussein Imam Abdalla and Ann-Beth Moller
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2024 23:73
  2. Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) can substantially contribute to the health and well-being of young people. Yet, most CSE interventions remain limited to the small piloting or research phase and scale-u...

    Authors: Ardan Kockelkoren, Amala Rahmah, Muhammad Rey Dwi Pangestu, Ely Sawitri, Elisabet Setya Asih Widyastuti, Ni Luh Eka Purni Astiti, Kristien Michielsen and Miranda Van Reeuwijk
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2023 20:186
  3. Child marriage remains a prevalent issue in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) despite global declines. Girls are disproportionately affected, facing health risks, limited education, and restricted decisi...

    Authors: Kathya Lorena Cordova-Pozo, Sujata Santosh Anishettar, Manish Kumar and Praveen Kailash Chokhandre
    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2023 22:250
  4. Various studies revealed that adolescent girls have limited knowledge pertaining to sexual and reproductive health (SRH). The current study assessed the effectiveness of SRH education among adolescent girls in...

    Authors: G. Alekhya, Swayam Pragyan Parida, Prajna Paramita Giri, Jasmina Begum, Suravi Patra and Dinesh Prasad Sahu
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2023 20:105

    The Correction to this article has been published in Reproductive Health 2023 20:139

  5. From 2018, the International Federation of Gynecologists and Obstetricians (FIGO) implemented the Advocating Safe Abortion project to support national obstetrics and gynecology (Obs/gyn) societies from ten mem...

    Authors: Simon Peter Kayondo, Dan Kabonge Kaye, Stella Lovina Nabatanzi, Susan Nassuuna, Othiniel Musana, Imelda Namagembe, John Paul Nsanja, Jessica Morris, Hani Fawzi, Korrie de Koning, Jameen Kaur and Matthew Pretty
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2023 20:97
  6. Adolescent pregnancy is a global public health and social problem that affects both developed and developing countries. Reducing adolescent pregnancy is central to achieving sustainable development goals. In 2...

    Authors: Majesty Enaworoke Alukagberie, Khalifa Elmusharaf, Nuha Ibrahim and Sébastien Poix
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2023 20:95
  7. Teenage pregnancy is a concerning public health problem in India. Misperception and misunderstanding about pregnancy and its preventive methods lead to pregnancy when adolescents are involved in unsafe sexual ...

    Authors: Arpita Panda, Jayashree Parida, Susangita Jena, Abinash Pradhan, Sanghamitra Pati, Harpreet Kaur and Subhendu Kumar Acharya
    Citation: Reproductive Health 2023 20:93