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World Health Organization : Year 1985-86, Maternal and Child Health, Issue 85.12: Reproductive Health in Adolescence

By Maternal and Child Health Unit, Family Health Division

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The philosophy of health espoused by WHO incorporates the notion that a basic problem underlying interhuman tensions is low self-esteem arising from the lack of fulfilment of hman potential through healthy development. Health development, in turn, is dependent upon adequate nurturing, especially by parents during the crucial growth phases of childhood and adolescence. But parents need the maturity to provide such care and when children are born to those who are not able to meet those needs a cycle of deprivation is begun with consequences for the parents, the child, and all of society. This is a problem which is being experienced not just in developing societies which may have a tradition of early childbearing (albeit with the support, in the past, of the rapidly vanishing extended family) but in some 'developed' societies as well, in which there is an alarming increase in adolescent parenthood. There is thus an urgent need to ensure that young people do not become parents before they are ready, and that when they do they will be prepared for it. Society has a responsibility to provide such preparation through the people who interact with and influence the adolescent population. Such key people - parents, teachers, health providers, youth and religious leaders, for example, are in the best position to provide such guidance if policy makers in their own societies give them the tools,i.e., the knowledge and skills to help the young. But young peoples' healthy development and the self-eateem which accompanies it is dependent not merely on what is given, but on the experience of success in their activities and in their relationships with each other, with adults, and with children too. The Reproductive Health in Adolescence (RHA) programme of the WHO is dedicated to the enhancement of the health of adolescents with special regard to their role as parent8 of the next generation. It recognizes the need to support, through governmental and non-governmental agencies, those In positions crucial to adolescent health - the policy and decision makers, the service providers who interact with adolescents in all sectors, and young people themselves who, given the opportunity, are in the best position of all to promote health.

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Table of Contents Page Preamble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 I n t r o d u c t i o n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Current RHA programme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 - T h e h e a l t h p r o h l e r n s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 - Programme a c t i v i t i e s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 - Thc i n t e r l m findings: b a r r i e r s t o h e a l t h . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 - Future d i r e c t i o n s : t h e lowering of t h e b a t r f e r s . . . . . . . . . . 10 U n d e r l y i n ~ Methodology of t h e RH.4 programme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 An o u t l t n e of t h e proponed KHA Plan of Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Impllcations For country p o l t c i e s and programmes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

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Title: World Health Organization : Year 1985-86, Maternal and Child Health, Issue 85.12: Reproductive Health in Adolescence  
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