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Adolescents' expectations of stakeholders role in their sexual and reproductive health in Nigeria

Adunola Adepoju, University of Lagos

The myriad of adolescent sexual and reproductive health problems in Nigeria -sexually transmitted infections, including HIV; unwanted pregnancy, illegal (and unsafe) abortion stem largely from early entry into sexual activity. These issues, especially the role of parents, communities and governments, and measures to improve adolescents’ life and well-being were investigated in a study in three states (Abia, Ogun and Rivers) in the country in 2003. The research instruments used consisted of questionnaire for in- and out-of school adolescents, focus group discussion , rapid participatory assessment, and in-depth interviews with stakeholders. The adolescents suggested that parents should be their first source of sexuality information; that communities should continue to educate adolescents and adopt culturally-acceptable approaches for reaching them in order to curtail unacceptable adolescent social and reproductive behaviour; and that government improve educational, employment and recreational opportunities to prevent them from diverting their attention to drugs, and premature sexual relationships.

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Presented in Poster Session 3