NEARS is a network of organizations and individuals working in the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights and services (ASRHR). In Bangladesh, adolescents constitute 23 percent of the total population and they are vulnerable to social, economic, environmental, and health related threat. Due to their age structure, cultural norms and the restrictive socio-economic opportunities, they are also vulnerable to STI/HIV/AIDS, pre-marital pregnancy, sexual abuse, violence, coercion, delinquency, exploitation, deprivation, repression, abduction and trafficking. Most adolescents lack access to critical information and services to protect themselves from reproductive health problems that can have lifelong effects on their ability to have a normal life. In this context, to meet the demand of ASRHR concerns in Bangladesh a number of organizations (Development Partners, INGOs and NGOs) have initiated interventions tailored to the need of the adolescents and formed this network on March 2003.
Recently, NEARS is been registered as an independent entity for networking and advocating in favor of ASRHR issues and comprised of 64 members including NGOs, INGOs and Civil Society members those who are working on ASRHR.