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Breakthrough RESEARCH, through analysis led by Avenir Health, has developed two briefs exploring the factors related to adolescent childbearing and youth contraceptive use in USAID priority countries to show how social behavior change (SBC) investments can be tailored to focus on the unique circumstances of different young people.

This report focuses on the need to address patriarchal control of adolescent girls’ sexuality in the fight against child, early and forced marriage and unions, and highlights the vital role played by gender-transformative programs. The report presents findings from a review of 23 organizations that work at the intersection of child marriage and sexuality, and includes three case studies that feature the work of grassroots organizations working in politically and culturally conservative contexts.

This report assesses the relationship of household crowding to various health effects. A systematic review of this topic was conducted to support the development of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Housing and health guidelines. The aim of this systematic review is to provide the best available evidence from existing research to contribute to the deliberations of the Guideline Development Group (GDG).