SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

Did you know that 3 out of every 10 girls get pregnant before age 16yrs? They risk dropping out of school, contracting sexually transmitted diseases and experiencing childbirth complications among others. Statistics further reveal that pregnancy and child-birth complications are the leading cause of death among 15-19 year old girls.

AICS and associates have developed model interventions to promote sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR), reduce risks of teenage pregnancy and HIV/ STIs.

Sexual Reproductive Health

According to the UN, good sexual and reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing in all matters relating to the reproductive system.

Key to effective management of sexual reproductive health and rights among young people is providing accurate information. They must be well informed and empowered to protect themselves from sexually transmitted illnesses. The role of caregivers, especially fathers has been demonstrated as very important. Open communication on sexual health between parents and Adolescents has been known to play a critical role in empowering the young people with information on sex-education which should ideally start at the family level. Care givers often assume that schools should provide this information, however, this may not be the case as often schools may offer poor or no sex education at all leaving the young people with little knowledge on the subject.

There are menstrual education curriculum that have also been shown to be effective in reducing teenage pregnancy by 30% (case study of Mozambique), this is based on action research conducted by BeGirl organization  https://www.begirl.org/impact/#2019study