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This is Malta's first national policy for sexual health. It illustrates the determination and commitment to address key challenges faced by Maltese society today, which are largely characterised by increased individualisation and the secularisation of sexuality. The aim of the policy is to inform and direct the development of a comprehensive evidence based national sexual health strategy for the attainment of maximum health and well being of all the population.
The publication is divided into five main sections: Introduction - the content of expert meeting; Background - key issues underlying the need for work with young men; Projects - case study descriptions of the projects outlined in the meeting; Some key issues - discussion of themes and issues raised by participants; and Conclusions - guidelines for working with young men to promote reproductive and sexual health.
The report examines how seven countries: the United States, Iran, The Netherlands, Mexico, India, Ghana and Mali have responded to reproductive health needs of their young people.
This issue of journal is about reproductive rights, advocacy and changing the law. Papers on abortion cover the role of political parties and political process in changing the law, the role of feminists and doctors in efforts to get hospitals in the context of restrictive law, and efforts to get nurses and other health workers to confront their own prejudices against abortion in order to make service provision women-centred. Two papers delve into the meaning of reproductive health and rights and the role of advocacy in implementing changes in reproductive health law, policies and services.