Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Teen Health In Jordan

In a bid to counter the lack of information currently available to teenagers about sensitive health issues, the Ministry of Health and UNICEF Adolescents Project has developed an interactive training manual to be used by teenagers to train their peers starting next month in Jordan.
The manual covers a variety of teen health-related subjects, including traditionally sensitive areas such as drugs, sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS and family planning, while also providing the methodology for dealing with these difficult issues.
The manual merges scientific information from the Health Ministry with UNICEF's input on basic life skills, and also draws on information gathered from focus groups with young people. It is divided into three main sections that deal with the physical, physiological and emotional development of young people, with the emphasis on changing behavioural patterns that can negatively affect teen health.
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