Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Health in Bangladesh

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ADOLESCENT AND EPRODUCTIVE YOUTH REPRODUCTIVE EALTH HEALTH IN

BANGLADESH
Status, Issues, Policies, and Programs

POLICY is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Contract No. HRN-C-00-00-00006-00, beginning July 7, 2000. The project is implemented by Futures Group International in collaboration with Research Triangle Institute and the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA).

Photos selected from M/MC Photoshare at www.jhuccp.org/mmc. Photographers (from top): Lauren Goodsmith, Tod Shapera, and Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (RHAC).

Adolescent Reproductive Health In

Bangladesh
Status, Policies, Programs, and Issues

Abul Barkat, PhD Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and Chief Advisor (Hon) Murtaza Majid, MD Advisor, Public Health Research, Human Development Research Center Dhaka, Bangladesh

January 2003

POLICY Project

Table of Contents
Acknowledgments ......................................................................................................................................iii Abbreviations .............................................................................................................................................iv 1. Introduction......................................................................................................................................... 1 ARH indicators in Bangladesh ................................................................................................................. 2 Social context of ARH......................................................................................................................... 3 Gender discrimination .............................................................................................................................. 3 Education .................................................................................................................................................. 4 Employment ............................................................................................................................................. 4 Marriage ................................................................................................................................................... 4 Dowry ....................................................................................................................................................... 4 Nutritional status....................................................................................................................................... 5 Adolescents in slum areas of Dhaka......................................................................................................... 6 ARH issues .......................................................................................................................................... 8 Government response and responsiveness................................................................................................ 8 Awareness................................................................................................................................................. 8 Management of menstruation ................................................................................................................... 9 Early pregnancy........................................................................................................................................ 9 Unwanted pregnancy .............................................................................................................................. 10 Septic abortion........................................................................................................................................ 10 STIs and HIV/AIDS ............................................................................................................................... 10...
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