Sexual and Reproductive Health

Sexual and reproductive health is a key dimension in the overall health of individuals and populations. Good sexual and reproductive health implies that people can make their own decisions about sexuality and reproduction, that they have access to information on family planning, sexually transmitted diseases and the contraception methods of their choice.

Moreover, improving sexual and reproductive health means that people should profit from health services that allow them to enjoy a secure pregnancy, safe delivery and a healthy child. Swiss TPH concentrates its sexual and reproductive health activities around three major areas: adolescence, community focus and a life course and development perspective.

Swiss TPH improves perinatal health services in Romania.

Facilitating Access to Perinatal Health Services in Romania

Swiss TPH helps to modernise health systems of Eastern European countries. In Romania for instance, experts facilitate access to specialised perinatal health services and sensitise young mothers to the needs of new-born children. These initiatives are part of Swiss TPH's role in managing Switzerland's contribution to the EU cohesion funds for Romania.

The days and weeks after birth is a period of insecurity for young Swiss parents.

Family Care in Switzerland

After birth, young parents often have to struggle on their own. Questions about breastfeeding or the adequate diet for their new-born child remain unanswered. The Swiss TPH-initiated project FamilyStart organises home-visits of nurses immediately after discharge from hospital to guarantee optimal health care for the infants. Moreover, a helpline was created offering advice in several languages. The project is implemented together with the obstetric clinics in Basel.

Many women in Soweto believe that a pregnancy would foster their relationship.

Sexual Behaviour and the Risk of HIV/AIDS in Soweto

Women's social environments may affect heir risk of contracting an HIV/AIDS infection. A study conducted in Soweto, a township of Johannesburg, South Africa, revealed that some women expect that pregnancy and starting a family would strengthen their relationship with their partners. As a result, they risk HIV/AIDS infection. Often they do not know if their partner maintains other sexual relations or if he is HIV positive or not. Such surveys serve as a basis for developing more effective preventive measures.