199340 Healthy lifestyle course as a source of youth reproductive health care

Monday, November 9, 2009

Nana Kvirtia, Medical Doctor , JSI Research&Training Institute, Kutaisi, Georgia

Adolescents in the post-Soviet Union country of Georgia have been ignored by policies on health issues. Moreover, a survey of some 600 adolescents showed that knowledge of all types of health issues, especially reproductive health, is extremely low, and there is no place most young people can get accurate information. There is resistance among some parents, teachers and Orthodox Church officials to reproductive health education, which they believe is neither necessary nor appropriate.


To address the information gaps in reproductive health of youth the program developed a Healthy Lifestyle Course (HLC). The course includes topics such as smoking, drug use, puberty, HIV/AIDS , Reproductive Health (RH). A free informational HOTLINE was made available to youth, radio spots were generated and aired .The HLC was extremely popular with youth; it used a variety of highly interactive and entertaining teaching techniques, such as theatre, sports, etc. The enthusiasm generated led to many new events, such as concerts, exhibitions and a peer education program that has recruited some 900 young people to reach their peers one-on-one.


The survey demonstrated that adolescents' awareness on reproductive health issues is very low, but interest in obtaining information is high.

Average score of pre- test of HL Courses was 33percent. Post-test score has increased to 79 percent.


The program has demonstrated to the Ministry of Education the importance of introducing reproductive health issues at schools

Learning Objectives:
Participant attending this session will understand that approaching adolescent reproductive health via reproductive health sessions for school-age adolescents is both the optimal way to change health behavior in increasing of access to reproductive health information for youth.

Keywords: Adolescent Health, Health Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have experience as a medical doctor working on adolescents reproductive health
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.