ON FRIDAY, the department of basic education held a seminar on teenage fertility, hot on the heels of the news that a teenage girl had given birth in a toilet at a school in Eersterus, near Pretoria.
- Commission on Social Determinants of Health: Final reports and additional documents of the Knowledge Networks
- Africa Regional Sexuality Resource Centre (ARSRC)
- Gender and AIDS portal of UNIFEM
- Human Rights Watch
Marion Stevens, treatment monitor with the Health Systems Trust, reflects on adolescent sexual and reproductive healthcare during Youth Month.With June being Youth Month, it's important to consider and reflect on the area of adolescent sexual and reproductive healthcare. This is an area that is often ignored as we grapple with the reality that adolescents are choosing tobe sexually active, but cultural practices often limit open communication about sex with our cllildren. As nurses we have a responsibility to provide care of adolescents' sexual health, which also includes the results of unplanned pregnancies,abortion, spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV and maternal mortality and morbidity.
Draft UNGASS Report: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Indicators - A case study from South Africa
A workshop was held in July 2007 hosted by MOSAIC at which the participating organisations discussed the identified indicators, refined these and shared research and findings. In collaboration with GESTOS (GESTOS - Soropositividade, Comunicao e Gnero) this forms part of a 16 country process.
Many HIV positive women after dealing with the initial hurdle or diagnosis and treatment express the desire to choose to have a child. Work has been done in this area by various researchers. There is a clear need to develop more work in this area. This is of particular importance as HIV positive women begin to feel better on treatment and decide to choose to have a child. Contraception for women on HAART is not well understood.