Reproductive health services provided for teens
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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will assist the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) administration to provide reproductive health services for teens, aged 15 to 19, following a recent report by the Indonesia Demographic and Health Survey (SDKI) that only 45.4 percent of married teens had access to contraception.
“There are many cases that young women who get married early still face discrimination. There are even women who get pregnant before marriage and do not have access to basic health services, as they are the black sheep of the family,” said Moudy Taopan of UNFPA’s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP), on Wednesday.
Lack of health access, she said, might increase the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS.
In NTT, 68.68 percent of young couples have no information on HIV and AIDS, while 40 percent of AIDS cases are found in young people, aged 20 to 29, said Moudy.
“It is essential to educate youngsters about sexual and reproductive issues,” said Moudy.
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