The Importance of Reproductive Health

“Adolescents are too often left out of policy planning and service delivery. More focus needs to be placed on providing learning and preparation for the world of work, building healthy lifestyles that reduce noncommunicable diseases and improve sexual health, and protecting adolescents from involvement in violence.” Source UNICEF.

Reproductive health is not just about sex. It is part of a holistic health program starting from early age teaching values and understanding the anatomy and physiology of their bodies. This education continues when they are young adults to have safe and acceptable access to methods of fertility regulation of their choice and the right to have access to appropriate healthcare services that enables women to go safely through pregnancy and childbirth as stated in the WHO definition.

NPH is committed to educate and provide truthful, correct and objective information to our children and teens. In particular, to help them to make right decisions in their lives.

In countries where pregnancy among teens counts for more than 25 percent of all pregnancies and where STDs incidence is growing among adolescents 14-25 years old; NPH has been working with our children either in the school partnering with local public health ministry or by sections in the home.

In 2015, NPHI Medical and Family Services departments started to reinforce a comprehensive curriculum adapted to all ages to aim and continue to provide holistic health education, a vital part for successful and healthy adulthood.

Pilar Silverman, MD
Director of Medical Services

 

Nos importa una sexualidad sana de nuestros niños

Con el objetivo de prevenir embarazos en adolescentes, enfermedades de transmisión sexual (ITS) y que nuestros jóvenes estén orientados, se imparten pláticas educativas “Salud Sexual y Reproductiva de los Adolescentes” a estudiantes de educación secundaria, jóvenes de año de servicio familiar de nuestra Casa San Salvador, se dará la importancia que tiene el papel de la adolescencia, así como los mitos y realidades de la sexualidad, el cuidado de la higiene personal e intima, el ciclo menstrual, métodos anticonceptivos, el embarazo y consecuencias en la adolescencia.

Para mayor atención y participación y por el interés de responderles sus dudas realizamos una dinámica grupal de 8 personas por sesión con “preguntas ciegas” en las que dimos trozos de papel y anotaron las preguntas o dudas que se tenían acerca de los temas impartidos. La participación de los jóvenes fue positiva ya que hubo preguntas variadas acerca de sexualidad, adolescencia, embarazo, enfermedades de transmisión sexual, nos dimos cuenta que aun después de las platicas hay muchas dudas respecto a salud sexual, mitos acerca de temas como “masturbación” “homosexualidad” y “embarazo” se recaudaron las preguntas para hacer una evaluación acerca de temas necesarios por impartir.

Así la clínica está planeando ofrecer dinámica en forma de mesa redonda, preguntas acerca de mitos sexuales, preguntas de discusión sobre embarazo, pubertad y adolescencia.

 

Healthy sexuality in our children in the future

To prevent pregnancy in adolescent and STD’s, our teenagers are getting information about healthly sexuality and procreation. Our year of service and high school students in Cuernavaca, had the possibility to solve their doubts, myths and lies about sex and learn the importance about personal hygiene, menstruation, contraception, teenage pregnancy and the consequents.

To give the youths the opportunity to ask about their uncertainties and fears, we did an activity called “secret questions”. In this activity, they wrote down anonymously their questions which they need in order to develop them into responsible adults.

The youths profit a lot in the way of getting their information and presenting a lot of interest and wrote down all their thoughts. Through this exercise we receive a lot of questions about masturbation, homosexuality and pregnancy.

It´s very important for us to help them to have a healthy sexual and reproductive future, so we decided to have a ’round table’ every two months. At the round table we will continue with the “secret questions” to discuss with them their myths and reality.

Julia Spettel, RN volunteer NPH Mexico

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