XXVII IUSSP International Population Conference
"Improving maternal health through sexual and reproductive health rights awareness and life skill based training: Experience in Bangladesh"
Farhana Rahman, Ubaidur Rob, and Aftab Uddin Ahmed
Studies conducted in Bangladesh reported a high maternal mortality ratio for the past decades. Approximately 80 percent of girls become mothers before they reach age 18. Lack of knowledge on SRHR among adolescents and lack of skills for empowerment are two major factors responsible for this low performance in maternal health sector.
To improve reproductive and maternal health of UCEP students by providing SRHR education and life skill based training to delay marriage and subsequent childbearing.
Providing SRHR education to 4 UCEP school students. Organized FGDs to assess the need of SRHR education in the save intervention area.
The study was conducted by using SRHR manual for the students with a pre- and post-test survey. The findings suggest that knowledge and attitude of adolescents has changed significantly and those who received the education are more knowledgeable on safe motherhood compared to those who have not. Both vicariate and multivariate analyses identified several key factors which have influenced their behavior.
Considering the importance of SRHR education for adolescents, UCEP-Bangladesh engaged their students in SRHR education and life skill vocational trainings to reduce early marriage and economic dependency.
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