Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Oct 30:
With an aim to create adolescent friendly enabling environment for comprehensive overall development of the adolescents with better physical and mental abilities, which can contribute to prosperous nation building by the future generation, the Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI)-Aparajita conducted a media advocacy programme on ‘The Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR)’ in the Odisha capital today.
Giving an account of the demographic picture in India today, Dr Biswarajan Purohit, State Project Coordinator, VHAI, Odisha said youths (less than 25 years of age) represent half and adolescents, a quarter of the population and among them close to 50 percent are adolescent girls.
Dr Purohit said most adolescents are misled and get into various problems due to improper information gained from the peer groups with regard to their queries about physical, psychological and sociological transitions that they go through during their adolescence.
Therefore, proper education on reproductive and sexual health for adolescents is an essential pre-requisite for providing knowledge on their growing up processes, body parts and age-appropriate knowledge, he added.
So to create awareness on a large scale among the adolescents, education on adolescent health should be included in course curriculum covering issues related to physical changes, menstruation hygiene, prevention of sexually transmitted or reproductive tract infections, HIV/AIDS, etc,” Dr Purohit pointed out.
Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI), one of the largest networks of health and development organizations, is working for Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) concerns of adolescents and youths by creating adolescent friendly enabling environment in the community through front line health care providers.
Among others OVHA director Dr Dilip Samal and Secretary KH Swain spoke on the different issues related to the SRHR during the interaction.