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Mental health aspects of women’s reproductive health : a global review of the literature

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
UNITED NATIONS POPULATIONS FUND (UNFPA)
2009

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This report presents information outlining "the ways in which mental health concerns intersect with women’s reproductive health. It includes a discussion of the bio-psycho-social factors that increase vulnerability to poor mental health, those that might be protective and the types of programmes that could mitigate adverse effects and promote mental health." This review is useful for public health professionals, planners, policy makers and programme managers to raise awareness of mental health aspects of women’s reproductive health

Impact of sex and HIV education programs on sexual behaviors of youth in developing and developed countries

KIRBY, Douglas
LARIS, B A
ROLLERI, Lori
2005

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This paper discusses findings from a review of 83 evaluations of sex and HIV education programmes. The analysis found substantial positive impact on sexual behaviours in more than two-thirds of the evaluations and identified 17 characteristics of the most effective curricula used in the programmes evaluated. More information on this review is available, including links to data sheets on each of the 83 evaluations. [Publisher's abstract, amended]

Educate clients to communicate their needs to providers

POPULATION COUNCIL, Frontiers in Reproductive Health
January 2004

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This is a brief summary of the findings from the 'Smart Patient' intervention coordinated by Indonesia's National Family Planning Coordinating Board (BKKBN) and Johns Hopkins University, with support from Frontiers. Family planning clients were given a brief training session to improve their communication skills before seeing a service provider. The findings show that women agreed that coaching helped them to gain confidence, ask more questions and express their concerns. Providers were more likely to tailor information to individual needs. Eight months following the intervention, clients were more likely to continue to use a contraceptive method

Community views on CBD activities in Muheza and Lushoto in Tanga region : final report

SANGALE, Loserian
November 2003

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This is an evaluation of the Community Based Distribution (CBD) of family planning (FP) methods, implemented in Tanga region of Tanzania, which aimed to increase the use of contraceptives through better geographical and social access. In collecting views from community members it was found that CBD activities are felt to improve child and maternal health, and to free women to participate in economic and community work. Clients felt that the FP accessed through CBD gave them improved capacity to care for their smaller families and to work more productively. Community members also felt that CBD introduced sensitive topics such as HIV/AIDS in a culturally acceptable way. In short, the community clearly expressed how CBD activities contribute to reaching the Millennium Development Goals. Much of the programme has been successfully absorbed into the district work plan, but initial training of CBD is still financially dependent on GTZ, putting into question the programme's sustainability

Increasing client participation in family planning consultations : 'smart patient' coaching in Indonesia

MI KI, Young
et al
2003

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This is a report of the study 'Operations research: impact of client communication training on client participation and contraceptive continuation in Indonesia'. Family planning clients were given a brief training session to improve their communication skills before seeing a service provider. The findings show that women agreed that coaching helped them to gain confidence, ask more questions and express their concerns. Providers were more likely to tailor information to individual needs. Eight months following the intervention, clients were more likely to continue to use a contraceptive method

The role of education in promoting sexual and reproductive health

WARWICK, Ian
AGGLETON, Peter
June 2002

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This good practice guide explores the challenges facing practitioners and policy-makers in resource-constrained countries who are trying to develop educational initiatives aimed at promoting the sexual and reproductive health of young people. This resource sets out good practice guidelines for work in school settings, out-of-school contexts and in higher education. These guidelines are illustrated by examples of innovative practice from across the world

Working with young men to promote sexual and reproductive health

RIVERS, Kim
AGGLETON, Peter
January 2002

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Gender is increasingly acknowledged to be central to understanding young people's experiences of sexual relationships and health. This good practice guide sets out: what we know about young men’s experience of sexual health (informed by research done in different regions across the world); different approaches to working with young men (illustrated by case studies of projects in Latin America, Africa and Asia). Policy-makers, practitioners and researchers working to promote young people's sexual health in resource-constrained settings will find this resource particularly useful

Integrating STDs and AIDS services into family planning programs

CEDPA
1995

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[Publisher's abstract] A five-day, 13-session training workshop to broaden family planning programmes to meet additional reproductive health needs, field-tested in Kenya by more than 60 health care managers and community-based distributors. Topics include attitudes about STDs and HIV/AIDS, approaches to motivating behaviour change, cultural and gender issues in counselling, communication and counselling skills and content and confidentiality issues

Population and health infoshare

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This is an electronic resource centre of documents and upcoming events on reproductive and child health, HIV and AIDS, and population. The resources are submitted by partner organisations that work on projects in developing countries

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