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Hi Ujunwa, young people especially adolescents are a diverse group from different backgrounds, so addressing sexual and reproductive health among this group, takes a multisectoral approach.A single approach is not enough to cater for a diverse group. Your calendar method is one way of generating demand for services to one particular group (i.e University students). What about the school drop outs, the homeless( street adolescents), on drugs, those who engage in transactional sex etc.What aspects of sexual health information is likely to cover on the calendar method? I guess, about contraception, contraceptives and choices.What about HIV prevention,transmission? There a lot of sexual information need to be covered based on three theories 1)social learning theory 2) health risk theory 3) development theory.Once, you provide sexual health information, you must provide access to the services as per IPPF 2008.Whatever approach somebody chooses to provide to the youth, there must be an objective e.g Increasing health seeking behavior so that we can measure the outcome, as to how many youths have been influenced and sought for sexual and reproductive health services.Google this article, to see what works and what does not work for adolescents sexual and reproductive health services.Ref: What Does not work in Adolescents Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Review of Evidence on Interventions commonly Accepted as Best Practices by Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Catherine Lane, Sylvia Wong, 2015)

Hi Benjamin, it is a very good idea, as per IPPF 2008, once you give information and education on Sexual and Reproductive Health, you need to provide access to the appropriate services, including contraceptives and counseling, otherwise it becomes unethical.Find a way, of referring to or providing services to your target population in Syria.


Eunice commented on Voices of Youth Maps: Mapping a city's risks in Haiti

It is about a study using GIS and Mapping planning HIV prevention to the most at high risk youths.Public Health Researchers are shifting their focus from models of disease aetiology (HIV) that focuses exclusively on individual risk factors e.g condom use, number of sexual partners to models that also consider the complex and powerful effects of the social physical environment.A number of studies have observed that prevalence and incidence of STIs and HIV tend to cluster in geographically hyperendemic areas .These areas are often characterized by high levels of racial /ethnic segregation, low social economic status and high rates of homicides and other criminal activities.GIS supports the integration and analysis of large information from different social-demographic characteristics.Maps produced with GIS software offer a unique method of visualizing an array of community characteristics, communicating them to non-technical audiences and incorporating them into planning process of HIV counseling and testing.