Health Desk—April 27, 2017: Teenage girls, especially unmarried ones, feel discomfort in seeking medical services for reproductive at Adolescent-friendly Health Corners (AFHC) due to feeling shyness, a study conducted by Population Council revealed at a program at Spectra Convention Centre in the capital on Wednesday.
With an aim to measure performance and effectiveness of the AFHCs for the wellbeing of unmarried adolescent girls, the study was conducted titled on “Adolescent-friendly Health Corners (AFHCs) in Selected Government Health Facilities in Bangladesh: An early Qualitative Assessment”.
According to the teens the instance of an adolescent or teenage girl going to an AFHC is perceived as the girl being pregnant or having complications in her reproductive system.
The study quoting a teenage girl said, "Even if the health service providers go to their houses, people ask them about the reasons,”
The outcome of the study -- supported by UNFPA, conducted on 10 AFHCs in Moulvibazar, Thakurgaon, Sirajganj, Patuakhali, and Cox's Bazar between August and October 2016.
Addressing the event, Iqbal Ehsan of Population Council said, "Many people think MCWC and UHFWCs are family planning clinics and that's why they feel uncomfortable sending their unmarried adolescent girls to these facilities".
The study findings, however, indicate that social taboo about sexual and health services discourages adolescents and their families seek medical treatment.