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  1. Girls decide: Choices on sex and pregnancy

    This publication is part of a larger IPPF initiative called Girls Decide. The initiative aims to ensure that girls’ and young women’s sexuality and pregnancy-related issues are effectively addressed by leaders and service providers. Girls Decide: Choices on Sex and Pregnancy presents a selection of innovative projects that are examples of good practice, and offer great potential for poverty reduction, female empowerment and development. These projects can guide policy- and decision-makers, educators, service providers and community leaders in rethinking strategies for girls and young women

  2. First sexual intercourse and subsequent regret in three developing countries

    The authors analyzed the reasons behind first sex, cases of regret, and the association between reasons and regret. They provided a questionnaire to 8,495 high school students ages 14–18 years residing in the Philippines, El Salvador, and Peru. Sexually active participants were asked what circumstances led them to become involved in their first sexual relationship. They also were asked whether they regretted having already had sexual relationships. …

  3. Imagined futures IV: sexualities and silences. Conference report

    This conference aimed to explore and understand the determinants of student behaviour in order to develop the best prevention programmes. Sessions included: Gender and HIV; Sexual and Reproductive Rights; VCT - an entry point or stumbling block.

  4. Facts of life. Youth sexuality and reproductive health in the Middle East and North Africa

    This report looks at young people across the MENA region and the challenges they face in their transition to adulthood, specifically their sexual and reproductive health - a culturally sensitive topic for societies in MENA. The report highlights the urgency of acknowledging and addressing the needs of young people for sexual and reproductive health information and services.

  5. National standards and implementation guide for youth friendly health services

    In order to ensure quality services for the youth, the National STIs and HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Program, Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health in collaboration with Reproductive Health Program and the Comprehensive School Health program has developed National Standards for Youth Friendly Health Services and implementation guide that will enable all health workers to mainstream youth friendly services in our delivery system. …

  6. Alcohol consumption, sexual partners, and HIV transmission in Namibia

    This report presents the results of a qualitative research study undertaken to examine the impact of alcohol consumption on sexual partnerships and its implications for the transmission of HIV. The study examines individual experiences related to the risk of HIV infection. The overall objective of this study was to provide information to plan effective interventions to reduce HIV transmission in Namibia. The two likely drivers of the HIV/AIDS pandemic that were examined were alcohol consumption and concurrent sexual partnering. …

  7. Linking sexual and reproductive health and rights with the HIV response - how civil society in Mongolia mobilised Global Fund resources to take action

    Using the example of Mongolia's successful Round 7 Global Fund proposal, this briefing shows that resources can be successfully mobilised to support integrated approaches that link sexual and reproductive health and rights, and HIV (SRHR/HIV).

  8. Reproductive health for all: taking account of power dynamics between men and women. A training manual

    The training manual was developed within the framework of the regional dimension project "Gender Equity and Reproductive Health and Rights in Asia," coordinated by the Italian Association for Women in Development (AIDOS), under the EC/UNFPA Initiative for Reproductive Health in Asia (RHI). The ultimate aim of this manual is to assist people to develop programmes and projects that promote gender equity and human rights. The manual has been developed to skilled trainers in participatory adult learning methods and for those who are able to facilitate group learning. …

  9. Learning from what young people say... about sex, relationships and health

    The publication is divided into seven sections: Section 1 - Background: who this guide is for and why; Section 2 - Beliefs about health; Section 3 - Understanding young people and sex; Section 4 - Working with and involving others; Section 5 - Preparing and planning the study; Section 6 - Collecting information: where, how and from whom; and Section 7 - Analysing and using findings.

  10. Gender, reproductive health, and advocacy: a trainer's manual

    A two-week, 15 session curriculum that uses participatory methodologies to equip NGOs to implement reproductive health programmes and strategies. The workshop familiarizes participants with the ICPD Programme of Action and framework of reproductive health, helps participants identify how their organizations' programmes fit within this broadened reproductive health framework, and assists participants to develop strategies and action plans for expanding and integrating organizational activities in the area of gender, reproductive health and/or advocacy.

  11. Gender and reproductive health policy: experiences from the field

    The study undertaken by the POLICY Project to examine what it means operationally to integrate gender into an ARH policy project. Objectives of the study were to identify how the project has operationalized gender, identify results achieved; recommend ways to strengthen gender sensitive approaches; and share lessons learned and better practices and collaborative practices.

  12. Talking with kids about tough issues: a national survey of parents and kids

    The report presents the result of the survey of children 10 to 15 years of age and parents conducted to find out parent-child communication. it shows that many families are waiting too long to discuss, and not talking enough about many issues, including sexuality.

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