FP (10) Q1. What types of information and services on RH/FP do children and youth need? (7)

30 July, 2018

(with thanks to Nigeria Health Watch)

'Dr. Fatima Mohammed works for the Society for Family Health. In her talk at the Health Watch Forum 2018 themed The Elephant in The Room: Men as Change Agents in the Family Planning Discourse, she asked ‘’Can men take the responsibility of talking to their boys about family planning?’. Listen to the rest of her talk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgWuAZznlPk&mc_cid=5a95f1e318&mc_eid=145...

EXTRACTS:

"what young people said is that we have nobody we trust to give us information so if they do not have anybody to trust to give them information will they trust the social media?"

"some states will say you can't give contraception to a girl who is less than 18 but then we know that girl is hugely sexually active... you know we had in Legos this girl came in and took implant... and the mother came back [and] said it has to be removed, she brought a policeman and that implant were removed and the provider had to be taken as a photograph with the implant"

"youths but what they want is we want to be informed we want to be empowered with information, you want other kind of questions, these young girls ask if I sleep with a man using condom am I still a virgin?"

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What sources of family planning and sexual health information do adolescents and young people use and trust? How can they be helpwd to find and use reliable information rather than myths and misconceptions?

Best wishes, Neil

Joint Coordinator, HIFA Project on Family Planning

http://www.hifa.org/projects/family-planning

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