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An analysis of sexual and reproductive health education and outcomes in Maunatlala, Botswana

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  • As part of the 2019 Botswana Global Health Internship Program, a qualitative study was conducted to identify the components key to the development of a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education program to be implemented at the Junior Secondary School in Maunatlala, Botswana. The study was based on the principles of Community Based Participatory Research and in-depth interviews and focus group discussions were conducted with key stakeholders in the community over a three-week period. The purpose of this study was to develop a program able to provide youth in the community with information that is both scientifically accurate and culturally relevant in order to reduce adverse sexual and reproductive health trends and address the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS. Youth in the Maunatlala community are particularly vulnerable to adverse sexual and reproductive health outcomes, largely as a result of limited and misinformation on sexual and reproductive health topics. For that reason, recommendations were made to implement the developed sexual and reproductive health curriculum at the Mauntalala Junior Secondary School, recruit a full-time school-based nurse to directly support students, and establish youth-friendly services at the local clinic. These recommendations were submitted in a formal report to both the country’s Ministry of Health and Wellness and Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development.
  • Key Words: Botswana, Maunatlala, Botswana Global Health Internship Program, Sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS
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