FP (7) Q1. What types of information and services on RH/FP do children and youth need? (4)

30 July, 2018

Dear Andre Shongo Diamba,

Thank you for your comments, and for so clearly differentiating the information needs of children, adolescents and youth at different ages (8-14; 15-18; 19-24) based on your considerable experience in DR Congo.

"The basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology are useful to introduce the girls aged to 8-14 to incoming puberty, the meaning of getting the first rules and how to manage them."

Would you or others like to say more about the information needs of this age group, whether for girls and/or boys? I think 'rules' refers to menstrual periods (the French word for periods is regles, which can be translated as rules).

"For girls aged 15-24, adolescent (15-18 years old) and young (19-24 years old), the information package is related to comprehensible sexual education; general information on be a girl, about sex, sexuality and risk, on modern contraception methods, and about sexual transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS."

Again, can you or others say more about the information needs of these age groups?

At the IBP Partners meeting a few weeks ago, I was struck by the fundamental importance of comprehensive sexual education in promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights. At the same time, many people argue against such education, particularly for younger age groups. Would anyone like to comment on this and/or recommend a publication from which we can learn?

"The contact with information also changes every time, which will be in family, school, health center, church, etc."

Thank you for making this critical point. Children and adolescents obtain information on family planning and reproductive health from a huge variety of sources. This includes myths and misinformation, as well as appropriate, factual information. It would be great to explore this further too!

Best wishes, Neil

Joint Coordinator, HIFA Project on Family Planning


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