Sexual and reproductive health status among young people in Nepal: opportunities and barriers for sexual health education and services utilization

P Regmi, P. Simkhada, E. R. Van Teijlingen

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Abstract

This article attempts to summarise the situation of sexual and reproductive health among young people in Nepal. Modernisation and social transformation are occurring rapidly in Nepalese society. Growing expansion of communication and transportation networks, urbanisation and in-migration of population to urban areas is creating a different sociocultural environment, which is conducive to more social interactions between young girls and boys in Nepal. Rising age at marriage has now opened a window of opportunity for pre-marital and unsafe sexual activity among young people in Nepal which creates risks of unwanted pregnancy, STIs/HIV and AIDS. Several socio-economic, demographic and cultural factors have been identified as encouraging factors for risk taking behaviours among young people. Improving access to youth friendly services, implementing peer education programmes for school and out of school going adolescents, developing effective Information, Communication and Education (IEC) materials and curricula have been highly suggested to improve the existing young people's sexual and reproductive health status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-256
Number of pages9
JournalKathmandu University Medical Journal
VolumeVol 6, No. 2
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Risk-Taking
Communication
Unwanted Pregnancies
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Urbanization
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Emigration and Immigration
Interpersonal Relations
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Social Change
Marriage
Sexual Behavior
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Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
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Sexual and reproductive health status among young people in Nepal : opportunities and barriers for sexual health education and services utilization. / Regmi, P; Simkhada, P.; Van Teijlingen, E. R.

In: Kathmandu University Medical Journal, Vol. Vol 6, No. 2, No. 22, 04.2008, p. 248-256.

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