Health Desk—June 08, 2017: Development activists and teachers at a discussion in Rajshahi underscored the need for ensuring education on physical change, sexual and reproductive health for the adolescents for building them as responsive and worthy citizens.
They made this observation while addressing the closing session of a two-day training course titled "Sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescents".
The Hunger Project Bangladesh (THPB) organized the course at Brac Learning Centre in association with Her Choice Programme. In the course, 26 persons including 20 school teachers were imparted training on various issues like gender disparity, balance and equity, physical and mental change, reproductive health and sexual harassment.
THPB Trainers Tanuza Kamal and Sukhomoy Paul, Area Coordinator Subrata Kumar Paul and school teachers Jahangir Alam, Sirajul Islam, Habibur Rahman and Bazlur Rahman spoke on the occasion.
The speakers narrated importance of learning about physical change at the juncture of age, sexual and reproductive health, sexually transmitted diseases, premature pregnancy and complicacy during pregnancy, safe delivery and motherhood and other related issues.
The discussants said adolescent reproductive health is one of the most sensitive health issues that the world has been facing. It is very important to face the challenges that exist in our society.
They observed that the government of Bangladesh, donor agencies, development practitioners and other non-government organizations should work together to curb and prevent adolescent health related problems like sexual harassment, violence against women and child marriage in the society.