Fighting HIV & AIDS in Pakistan: UNICEF Strategy

Prevention of Parent-to-Child Transmission of HIV

From Prevention through Protection: Expanding the HIV Response for Children and Young People in Pakistan


Situation Assesment of Adolescents for Life Skills and HIV Prevention

Pakistan currently has the largest cohort of young people in its history and subsequent cohorts are expected to be even larger. Young people face a number of critical life decisions that relate to series of transitions to adulthood: school leaving, employment and greater responsibility for oneself and family.

Many researches in Pakistan have shown that the adolescents, due to their relative youth, lack of decision-making power, and incomplete personal development, are especially ill equipped to handle the reproductive health burden they face. The links between these decisions, their sequencing and young people’s agency in each sphere varies widely across and within the country.

Life skills are abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.

In Pakistan, there is a dearth of information on situation of adolescents and, thus, there is little evidence on which to build policies and programmes. Recognizing the need for generating this type of information, National AIDS Control Program (NACP) and UNICEF sponsored the instant study with the following objectives:

  • To construct a profile of adolescents between the ages of 13 and 19
  • To evaluate their existing life skills
  • To assess adolescents’ knowledge and sources of information about personal health with specific detail of leisure time activities and media habits
  • To evaluate adolescents’ practices of health promoting behaviors and health seeking practices
  • To understand prevalent risk behaviors and factors contributing towards them

Click the pdf (2 MB) link below to read:
Situation Assessment of Adolescents for Life Skills and HIV Prevention in selected districts of Pakistan


To order hard copies, please contact:
Ms. Bettina Schunter, Project Officer HIV and AIDS, UNICEF at bschunter@unicef.org
Ms. Khola Arooj, Arooj, Project Assistant, UNICEF at karooj@unicef.org



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