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New Features Enrich and Expand Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Web Site

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Advocacy materials, youth-friendly health services, and lessons on sexuality education are among the several new resources added to UNESCO's Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH) website. The greatly overhauled site includes a wealth of resources of research and full-text information from all corners of the Internet.

Added Resources
Meant to serve as a one-stop information bank, the ARSH site has expanded its rich content on teen sexuality and education programming to make researching more convenient for policymakers, curriculum developers, advocacy personnel, and other educators. More country case studies describing national experiences in implementing programmes on IEC and advocacy for ARSH are available for Cambodia, China, India, Lao PDR, Maldives, Nepal and Viet Nam. The previous range covered Bangladesh, Iran, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

The ARSH site contents are easily accessed through the following sections:

Demographic profile
This section offers demographic profiles of adolescents in Asia and the Pacific at a regional level, addressing such topics as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV/AIDS incidence; use of family planning services and contraception; and factors and problems associated with ARSH. It also provides country-specific demographic profiles with information on population composition of adolescence, age at marriage, education level, as well as health and nutrition.

IEC/Advocacy
Information and resources on IEC/advocacy policies and programmes; strategies; lessons learned and guidelines; and country experiences are provided. It also offers a discussion of outputs of advocacy programmes, which include formulating policies, passing laws, training personnel, gaining media support and changing audience attitudes and behaviour.

Education
Of particular interest in this section are the reproductive and sexual health education strategies. These include awareness building and advocacy to gain support from the community; use of socio-cultural research findings to ensure relevance; linking in-school and out-of-school programmes and activities; grounding programmes in social learning and social constructions; highlighting gender equity issues and more male participation; and providing appropriate teacher training to develop better ARSH educators.

Resources
The site offers access to the Adolescence Education Newsletter; Adolescents on the Net; ARSH Catalogues; Communication and Advocacy strategies: Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health; and Case Studies on Communication and Advocacy Strategies: Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health.

Links
There are links to hundreds of relevant websites.

News
The latest news on ARSH issues from various countries in the Asia-Pacific region are provided. Furthermore, relevant conferences, forums, and workshops are listed.

Projects
This section contains information on programmes/projects in Asia and the Pacific on adolescent reproductive and sexual health and related issues.

Organisations
Search through our database of organisations that work in Adolescent and Reproductive Health in the region.