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  1. Parents’ and teachers’ views on sexual health education and screening for sexually transmitted infections among in-school adolescent girls in Kenya: a qualitative study

    Background: To successfully develop and implement school-based sexual health interventions for adolescent girls, such as screening for Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and Trichomonas vaginalis, it is important to understand parents’ and teachers’ attitudes towards sexual health education and acceptability of sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening interventions. Methods: In this qualitative study, we approached parents and teachers from three high schools to participate in in-depth interviews (IDIs) and focus-group discussions (FGDs). …

  2. Best practices for youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services in schools

    This document provides recommendations for school nurses and health center staff on nine essential components of youth-friendly services – confidentiality, respectful treatment, integrated services, culturally appropriate care, easy access to care, free or low cost services, reproductive and sexual health care, services for young men, and promoting parent-child communication.

  3. Parent-child communication about sexual and reproductive health in rural Tanzania: Implications for young people's sexual health interventions

    Background: Many programmes on young people and HIV/AIDS prevention have focused on the in-school and channeled sexual and reproductive health messages through schools with limited activities for the young people's families. The assumption has been that parents in African families do not talk about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) with their children. These approach has had limited success because of failure to factor in the young person's family context, and the influence of parents. …

  4. How to reach young adolescents: A toolkit for educating 10 - 14 year olds on sexual and reproductive health

    This toolkit was designed to be used by implementors such as experienced programme staff from NGOs, government offices or private industries who want to implement an SRH project for 10-14 year olds enrolled in primary school. The project activities within the toolkit rely on the implementor creating a strong partnership with local schools and community leaders. The toolkit presents several overlapping approaches to increase young adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health knowledge and improve their sexual behaviours.

  5. National strategic framework on the health and development of adolescents and young people in Nigeria 2007-2011

    The goal of this strategic framework is to facilitate the implementation of the National Adolescent Health Policy that aims to improve the quality of life of young persons in Nigeria. …

  6. A guide to monitoring and evaluating adolescent reproductive health programs

    This resource offers guidance on adapting instruments for monitoring and evaluation, sample data collection instruments, and on collecting data through a variety of methods. This guide draws on the expertise and experience of professionals in a variety of disciplines. The family-planning field has laid an important foundation for considering how to develop service-delivery systems for adults and how to measure inputs, quality, access, and program results. …

  7. It works! Communication for HIV prevention and social change in adolescents: a mid-term review

    Straight Talk Foundation (STF) has worked for 15 years to better the lives of Ugandan adolescents. Its focus has been HIV prevention and improved adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH). STF's approach builds on the voices and stories of young people, parents, teachers and health workers to create "conversations" and generate solutions. STF works through three channels: radio, print and face-to-face communication. In 2005, STF drew up a five year Strategic Plan (SP) for 2006-2010. …

  8. Parents matter: tips for raising teenagers

    A joint project of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the National Campaign Against Youth Violence, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Parents Matter makes clear that whether they are concerned about drinking, drugs, violence, trouble in school, smoking, or sex (or all of the above), the best advice for parents is the same: stay closely connect to their teenage sons and daughters.

  9. Addressing urgent issues [booklet] : looking beyond - bridging the gap : a newsletter on adolescence health programme : a serious effort of WBVHA

    The newsletter recounts the efforts of the West Bengal Voluntary and Health Association (WBVHA) in adolescents' problems. WBVHA is a leading health promoting agency mainly concerned with the basic health of common people. It works to prevent HIV, AIDS, malaria and promoters for caring adolescence health and taking unique steps. WBVHA has already been working with many schools in Kolkata and four districts in West Bengal.

  10. Sexual and reproductive health education and services for adolescents

    The factsheet explains what sexuality education means, its goal and approach. Key actions for governments are also presented. The fact sheet can be used as advocacy tools for anyone working in the area of young people's sexual and reproductive health.

  11. Promoting sexual responsibility among young people in Zimbabwe

    The Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) launched the Promotion of Youth Responsibility Project with technical assistance from the Johns Hopkins University Population Communication Services. This article presents an assessment of the project's success at reaching its target audience and promoting responsible sexual behaviour among young people.

  12. What about boys? : a literature review on the health and development of adolescent boys

    The document presents a review of existing and available literature on adoelscent boys and their health development and analysis of this research for programme and policy implications. The document also describes what is special about adolescent boys and their developmental and health needs. Areas where additional research is needed was also highlighed.

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