Adolescents lack access to reproductive health care

In Bangladesh, adolescents are one of the most vulnerable segments of the entire population. Members of this new generation, whose age ranges from 15-24 years make about 19% of the total population of Bangladesh and “are poorly informed about their sexual and reproductive rights,” writes Dr. Khandaker Ezazul Haque, an employee at UNFPA.

Numerous agents including marriage at an early age, lacking information about sexual & reproductive health, reduced access to affordable and basic reproductive health related services and inability to say no to unsafe sex is contributing to the degradation of the overall situation.

He suggests that “a pragmatic adolescent and youth friendly policy”is required to “address and emphasize their reproductive health need”

Full report: “Sexual and reproductive health information and services for adolescents” , by The Daily Star.

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