Assistant director-general for the International federation of Planned Parenthood, Dr Pramilla Senanayake, suggests that young people are pivotal to bettering the future of reproductive health.
An interview by Cynthia Guttman, journalist for the UNES Courier, explored the facts and concerns regarding reproductive health. She asked Dr Senanayake whether the pregnancy issues that contribute to significant deaths among adolescents are caused primarily by unwanted pregnancies. The doctor, however, suggested that such a view may be too simplistic, stating that it is important to consider things from a cultural perspective. She outlined that in countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh, and some parts of Africa, 70 to 80 percent of girls are married by the age of sixteen. In these instances, the pregnancy within marriage may well be a desired pregnancy, however it is still dangerous in regards to the consequences it may have on health, economic opportunity, and education. She notes that, outside of marriage, many pregnancies do remain unwanted, and a current trend in the area has formed through men believing they will not contract AIDS by sleeping with virgins.
Following from this, Guttman asked the doctor whether pregnancy typically puts an end to education for young girls. Unfortunately, the answer to this, in short, was yes. Many girls panic and opt for dangerous backstreet abortions in the fear that they may be expelled from school for being pregnant. In response to this, Dr Senanayake noted that the argument could be made that schools should be prompted to support pregnant students. However, she also noted that this doesn’t work in reality, as the woman have special needs to attend with. In countries such as Tanzania and Jamaica, schools have been set up especially for pregnant mothers seeking to continue their education. Once the child has been born in these circumstances, the young mothers can continue their education with the assistance of childcare facilities.
Another question that Cynthia Guttman put forth, related to the 1994 International conference on development and population, and the impact that it had. Dr Senanayake explained the population fund of the United Nations had taken on a leadership role by underlining the importance of considering adolescents as a sexually active group. They argued that the group had needs to be met in regards to sexual information, education and health services, and that these elements should be offered in a holistic way. The positive impact of the conference is that it forced the world to recognize that adolescent sexuality was not an issue that could simply be ignored. However, at country levels, the progress that has developed in caring for the needs of teenagers has been somewhat sluggish. In most cases, NGO’s are setting the standard, with peer education projects that are offering promising results.
In answer to a question considering how sex education has improved in developing countries, Dr Senanayake noted that some countries, including her own (Sri Lanka) have sex education, but do not have the right teachers to appropriately handle the issues. She notes that sex education is not just about the concept of having sex, it is also about understanding relationships and making informed choices. Girls need to have the power and confidence to say ‘no’ to something that is uncomfortable or difficult for them. Unfortunately, sex education if this kind is generally quite rare in school, and by the time the information is released, it’s usually too late. Dr Senanayake believes that primary school may be the best starting point for underlining the importance of these values. However, it is also important to observe the behavior happening outside of schools too, as many girls drop out of education within the secondary level, and there are over 125 million children who never receive education at all. Perhaps the potential of distance learning and other forms of communication should be more readily harnessed.
Dr Senanayake explained that one of the primary things that we know about sex education programs and their impact is that they do not lead to promiscuity. Various studies have proven that better education actually delays childbearing and does not encourage early experimentation with sex. The more someone is armed with knowledge, the more cautious they are. Pramilla commented that, in life we train young people to deal with various different scenarios, yet when it comes to dealing with sex education, we cannot shake the myth that they are somehow better off knowing less.
To improve access to contraception in Africa, which Dr Senanayake argues is a serious concern, information must be made more readily available through various sources. She suggests that there should be educational materials in clinics, through peer groups, in pharmacies, within the media, and so on. Services have to be altered so that they are more welcoming to youths, and accessible to anyone who needs help, without prejudice regarding their marital status. Society may benefit more if young people are permitted to play a more active role in determining how health services should be organized. Dr Senanayake drew attention to the success of a press operation running with the BBC World Service, named ‘Sexwise’, a twelve part series on family life, education, contraception, parenting, and of course, sex education. Apparently, when the series was first launched in South Asia, they received over 75,000 queries from listeners. In 1999, the educational broadcast was extended to Eurasia and Europe, before expanding on a global scale in the year 2000.
In a final question to the doctor, Cynthia Guttman drew attention to the U.S. rule put in place in 1999, which aimed to defund organizations beyond the U.S which provided information regarding abortions, or assisted women in need. Dr Senanayake expressed her concern regarding this rule, which she believed to be hurting women significantly, depriving funds for NGOs such as her own. She announced that rules such as this one made it impossible to provide essential reproductive health services to women, including family planning and contraception. Without the assistance, she believes the results will only be more unwanted pregnancies due to lack of services, and more chances of botched abortions taking and ruining lives.Read More
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