An operations research project was launched in northwestern Bangladesh with the objective of preventing adverse outcomes and promoting healthy lifestyles among adolescents by providing reproductive health education and services. The Population Council, in collaboration with the Urban Family Health Partnership and its three nongovernmental service delivery partners, worked in three urban areas of the country. On the basis of its findings, the study first recommends implementation of a combination of reproductive health interventions at the school, community, and health-facility levels, accompanied by community sensitization, to effectively respond to adolescent reproductive health needs. Second, information providers such as teachers and facilitators should be trained to effectively convey reproductive health education to adolescents. Third, since the adolescents showed positive attitudes toward health facilities for contraceptives and STI services, relevant authorities should prepare health facilities for adolescent-friendly services, and future interventions should be designed focusing on unmarried sexually active adolescents.
Bhuiya, Ismat, Ubaidur Rob, Asiful Haider Chowdhury, Laila Rahman, Nazmul Haque, Susan E. Adamchak, Rick Homan, and M.E. Khan. 2004. "Improving adolescent reproductive health in Bangladesh," FRONTIERS Final Report. Dhaka: Population Council.
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