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Training Course in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research 2011

Adolescent health and development with a particular focus on sexual and reproductive health

Module coordinator: Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli

Objectives of the course

As a result of undertaking the course, participants will know:

  • Why they need to invest in the health and development of adolescents (including their sexual and reproductive health).
  • What they could do to improve the health and development of adolescents and how to do this.
  • Where they could get support to do this.

The topics to be covered in the course

  1. The meaning of adolescence, the rationale for addressing adolescents, the needs and problems of adolescents, and frameworks for addressing the health and development of adolescents.
  2. HIV prevention and AIDS care and support in adolescents.
  3. Pregnancy prevention and fertility regulation in adolescents.
  4. Pregnancy care in adolescents.
  5. The place of adolescent health, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health in the context of, and beyond the MDGs.

Teaching-learning methods to be used in course

We will address one topic per week in September. We will post the materials relating to each module (i.e. a set of 10-15 slides with accompanying talking points, 2-3 key documents and one assignment) on the following dates:

You will be required to read the materials and do the assignment. You will also have an opportunity to send us your comments and questions, which we will respond to.

Course facilitators

The course will be conducted by members of WHO's department of Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health. We are (in alphabetical order):

  • Paul Bloem
  • Krishna Bose
  • Meena Cabral
  • Charlotte Christiansen
  • Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli
  • Jane Ferguson

Certificates and Awards

All participants who complete all five modules (i.e. send in completed assignments for all five modules) will receive a certificate of completion. The top ten participants will receive an additional certificate of commendation. The top three participants will get awards.