Principal Investigators: Dr. Shadi Saleh (AUB),
Dr. Loulou Kobeissi (WHO)
The research intends to evaluate the impact of a WHO low-intensity/low-resource psychosocial support (PSS) – sexual and reproductive health (SRH) integrated intervention package on the use of selected SRH services, primarily family planning, as well as on mental well-being among Syrian adolescent girls and young women refugees, aged 15-24 years, in Lebanon. The study design has been informed by formative research conducted by the study team with funding support from HRP (the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction).
It is hoped to scale up this WHO low-intensity/low-resource PSS-SRH integrated intervention package within the Ministry of Public Health's primary healthcare (PHC), following the demonstration of its effectiveness in improving SRH service use and mental well-being among Syrian adolescent girls and young women refugees in Lebanon.
This will be the first community-based RCT in the Eastern Mediterranean region to evaluate the effectiveness of a PSS-SRH integrated intervention on SRH and mental well-being outcomes as well as to explore its acceptability and feasibility. This proposed integration combined with the nature of the intervention package (i.e., low-resource/low intensity) offers a unique and timely needed innovation in humanitarian settings.
The primary expected outcome of this community-based RCT is hypothesized to lead to a 20% improvement in family planning use among the experimental (intervention) group compared to the non-experimental (control) group post-intervention at six months. The secondary outcome of this RCT revolves around improving mental well-being.
Outputs include scholarly outputs, policy briefs, training material, intervention package manual, public release events.
Further, the overarching expected outcome in the health system is aligned with the SDG target 3.7: Universal access to sexual and Reproductive care, family planning and education.
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