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This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Tasmima Islam Oishi, a student at Bangladesh Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), a cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this article belong strictly to the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of IFMSA on the subject, nor that of The European Sting.


About a quarter of the world’s population – 1.8 billion people – is between 10 and 24 years old. Most teenage pregnancies are unplanned and often result in unsafe abortions; they are also associated with higher risks for the mother and her newborn. Teenage girls have maternal mortality rates that are typically twice as high as women in their twenties.

Many of the world’s many sexually active adolescents want to avoid, delay or limit pregnancy, but lack the knowledge or resources to make decisions about their childbearing. Socio-cultural and structural barriers often prevent adolescent girls from achieving their reproductive desires, which can lead to unwanted and unhealthy pregnancies. Family planning helps couples and individuals understand their right to make the decision for their family and their responsibility regarding their decision on the number and timing of pregnancies. To help adolescents better access and use family planning services, we need to understand the barriers they face. And we need to understand what works to empower them to overcome these barriers.

To provide meaningful support for family planning, we need to use the health workforce effectively. By dividing the working group on one side we can provide the services by the healthcare providers – doctors/nurses/midwives and on the other side the medical students can educate the people about education sexual health (ESC) and have focus groups that will educate others about sexual and reproductive health issues, which will produce a multiplier effect and ensure that they can make informed decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health . CSE must be delivered in the context of the range of values, beliefs and experiences that exist even within the same culture. It enables learners to examine, understand and question the ways in which cultural structures and behaviors affect their choices and their relationships in various contexts.

To build health worker skills and confidence, systematic approach to standardized, competency-based training on family planning care and contraceptive counseling; consultation on pregnancy options; advocacy; screening for pregnancy intent should be done to enable health workers to provide quality family planning services, with adequate supervision and follow-up, and clear protocols for referrals. A learning-by-doing approach that is interactive, participatory, supports learners and ensures high quality hands-on training for all.

It is found that happy and satisfied clients are more likely to continue to communicate with their providers and encourage their friends and family to seek care as well. But to achieve this kind of effect in family planning—essentially, to ensure that the people who need it most receive the best services and solutions—every health worker must be highly skilled and confident in the services they provide. . And when girls and boys receive education, information and services to protect and promote their sexual and reproductive health, they are better equipped to adopt healthy decisions and behaviors. These positive results will therefore enable them to achieve these aspirations by providing them with appropriate and quality information and services.

About the Author

Tasmima Islam Oishi is a student at Bangladesh Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is a member of IFMSA and is currently the Liaison Officer of SCORA, BMSS-Bangladesh. She is a youth advocate who focuses on social development issues related to health, women, children and their rights.

Michael A. Bynum