The CATALYST Consortium: Regional Activities

 

Young Men’s Sexual Scripts and their Impact on STI/HIV/AIDS in Asia

CATALYST is conducting research in Asia and the Near East to understand the socialization of sexual norms and their impact on young men’s sexual risk behavior.  This research will make it possible to identify effective mechanisms for addressing the spread of STI/HIV/AIDS.  CATALYST is particularly investigating a number of issues: delaying sexual activity; developing greater respect and sensitivity towards girls and women; understanding and practicing safer sex; and using family planning and reproductive health services.  The study will initially take place in Bangladesh and Nepal in early 2002.

Partnering with the Corporate Sector

Forming inter-sectoral partnerships is an important strategy for scaling up best practices in family planning and reproductive health because of the growing importance and power of the private sector.  CATALYST working to determine how corporate social responsibility (CSR) partnerships with the private sector, including commercial agencies, can help the USAID bureaus and missions improve and sustain FP/RH programs.  The result of this work will be a toolkit to help bureaus and missions make strategic partnerships with the private sector to improve programs.  Look for it soon!

 
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