Reproductive health education: special focus on adolescent SRH / Aminah Abdul Rahman, Norliza Ahmad, Hamizah Mohd Hassan and Harlina Haliza Mohd Siraj

Abdul Rahman, Aminah and Ahmad, Norliza and Mohd Hassan , Hamizah and Mohd Siraj, Harlina Haliza Reproductive health education: special focus on adolescent SRH / Aminah Abdul Rahman, Norliza Ahmad, Hamizah Mohd Hassan and Harlina Haliza Mohd Siraj. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Sex education often received negative reactions from the Muslim society and Malaysia is not an exception. Thus, the term reproductive health education is more acceptable as it comprises of lifelong learning process in the various aspects of sexual development, inter-personal relationship, love, intimacy, self image and gender roles. Many Muslim young people live within the environment where sexual and reproductive health (SRH) issues are not discussed in the open and considered as taboo, inappropriate and/or offensive. As such, accurate information on sexual and reproductive health is more often limited. Social ills among young people such as unwed mothers, abandoned babies, sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS are very much related to the unmet need for an appropriate and accurate sexual and reproductive health education. During the early days of Islam, sex education was given simultaneously with other teachings of Islam. The followers, both men and women, used to enquire many aspects of sexual and reproductive health, and the Prophet would clarify what were obscured. The main reason Muslim parents do not or could not discuss sex education openly with their children is because of cultural constraints and not because of religious teachings. Hence young people are often brought up in a state of ignorance with regards to sex education resulting in many not being comfortable with their own sexuality or its expression. The importance of providing RH information from the earliest age, in the home setting, is never more crucial now, especially with the availability of unhealthy information through the internet and the impact of peer influence. Parents should be the primary source of SRH information supported by the school curriculum. Information and mode of delivery should be suited to the child’s age and maturity. Therefore, parents as well as all adults, should also be well equipped with reproductive health knowledge. Reproductive health education should be hand in hand with confidential reproductive health services that are free of stigma and discrimination to guide young people in making healthy choices. To address this, in 2009, the Malaysian Government approved the Reproductive Health and Social Education Policy and its Plan of Action formulated by the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development. Since then, reproductive health education has been better received by the relevant agencies, NGOs and the communities. Programmes and appropriate services were implemented by the National Population and Family Development Board, an agency under the Ministry, with support from other agencies such as the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, National Service Training Department, universities, NGOs and the community. This initiative calls all stakeholders including teachers, parents, health providers, the media and young people themselves, to be responsible in ensuring that accurate reproductive health education is made accessible to the young and parents. Central to the implementation of the RH and Social Education Policy and Plan of Action in Malaysia is the importance of instilling positive family values, gender equality, coping skills and living without violence.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Reproductive Health Education, Islamic Perspective, Young People
Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
Division/Agency/State: LPPKN - National Population and Family Development Board, Malaysia > Division of Reproductive Health
Deposited By: Mrs Noor Azreena Abd Aziz
Deposited On: 26 Sep 2012 02:56
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2013 02:02
URI: http://familyrepository.lppkn.gov.my/id/eprint/198

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