Women wait to be seen at a health centre in Dahra, Senegal, September 29, 2017. Thomson Reuters Foundation / Kieran Guilbert

Senegal's youth tackle sex taboos in bid to boost contraceptive use

In Senegal, about one in four married women and girls aged 15 to 49 use modern contraception - up from 12 percent in 2011 - according to the country’s latest national health survey.

West and Central Africa has one of the world’s lowest rates of contraceptive use among women and teenage girls, who often lack knowledge about their options, struggle to access health centers, and face objections from their husbands and families. However in Senegal, a drive to raise awareness, increase stocks of contraceptives, and provide youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services has led to a rapid rise in the number of women and girls on birth control, health experts say.

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