Roatan Peer Health Exchange is an organization that empowers young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make healthy decisions.
Honduran youth are being confronted by an array of mental, medical, and socioeconomic burdens. With no reproductive health education in the entire region and limited access to health resources, the teenage pregnancy and STD rates are extremely high. 76% of adolescents are sexually active, with 40% noting they have limited access to reproductive health education. As a result, 50% of women between 20-24 have given birth prior to turning 20. The consequences are serious, especially in Roatan, which already faces high rates of poverty and gender inequality. Teen moms are more likely to drop out of school and less likely to be employed, and babies have a higher mortality rate. Our organization provides accurate, non-denominational reproductive health lessons to the most marginalized regions.