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 or sexually transmitted diseases or the contraception methods of their choice.

Moreover, improving sexual and reproductive health means that people should profit from health services that that allows 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.

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 hopsital to guarantee opitmal health care for the infants. Moreover, a helpline was created offering advice in several langauages. The project is implemented together with the obstetric clinics in Basel.

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 serivces and sensitise young mothers to the nees of new-born children. These initiatives are part of Swiss TPH's role in managing Siwtzerland's contribution to the EU cohesion funds for Romania.

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 Swoeto, a township of Johannesburg, South Africa, revelaed that some women expect that pregnancy and starting a family would strenthen 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.

Jeune S3 - Santé, Sexualité, Sécurité

The Jeune S3 Programme (2016-2020) enables accesibilty to youth friendly health services and therefore improves adolsecent and youth sexual and reproductive health in Cameroon, Central Africa Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Health specialists of Swiss TPH lead the operations research and the evaluation components across all the countries invovled and offer managerial and technical imputs to Sexuality Education in DRC. The programme is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by a Consortium led by the NGO Cordaid.

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