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Malizgani, Chavula PaulORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-1189-7194
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chilambe, K., Mulubwa, C., Zulu, J. M. & Malizgani, C. P. (2023). Experiences of teachers and community-based health workers in addressing adolescents’ sexual reproductive health and rights problems in rural health systems: a case of the RISE project in Zambia. BMC Public Health, 23(1), Article ID 335.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Experiences of teachers and community-based health workers in addressing adolescents’ sexual reproductive health and rights problems in rural health systems: a case of the RISE project in Zambia
2023 (English)In: BMC Public Health, E-ISSN 1471-2458, Vol. 23, no 1, article id 335Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Adolescents in low-and-middle-income countries like Zambia face a high burden of sexual, reproductive, health and rights problems including coerced sex, teenage pregnancies, and early marriages. The Zambia government through Ministry of Education has integrated comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) in the education and school system to contribute towards addressing Adolescents sexual, reproductive, health and rights (ASRHR) problems. This paper sought to explore teachers and community based health workers (CBHWs)’ experiences in addressing ASRHR problems in in rural health systems in Zambia.

Methodology: The study was conducted under Research Initiative to Support the Empowerment of Girls (RISE) community randomized trial that aims to measure the effectiveness of economic and community interventions in reducing early marriages, teenage pregnancies, and school dropout in Zambia. We conducted qualitative 21 in-depth interviews with teachers and CBHWs involved in the implementation of CSE in communities. Thematic analysis was used to analyse teachers and CBHWs´ roles, challenges, and opportunities in promoting ASRHR services.

Results: The study identified teachers and CBHWs roles, and challenges experienced in promoting ASRHR and suggested strategies to enhance delivery of the intervention. The role of teachers and CBHWs in addressing ASRHR problems included mobilizing and sensitizing the community for meetings, providing SRHR counseling services to both adolescents and guardians, and strengthening referral to SRHR services if needed. The challenges experienced included stigmatization associated with difficult experiences such as sexual abuse and pregnancy, shyness among girls to participate when discussing SRHR in the presence of the boys and myths about contraception. The suggested strategies for addressing the challenges included creating safe spaces for adolescents to discuss SRHR issues and engaging adolescents in coming up with the solution.

Conclusion: This study provides significant insight on the important roles that teachers CBHWs can play in addressing adolescents SRHR related problems. Overall, the study emphasizes the need to fully engage adolescents in addressing adolescents SRHR problems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BioMed Central (BMC), 2023
Keywords
Comprehensive Sexuality Education, Reproductive Health, Rights, RISE, Rural health systems, Sexual
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-205179 (URN)10.1186/s12889-023-15199-5 (DOI)000934877600010 ()36793027 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85148114600 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-02-28 Created: 2023-02-28 Last updated: 2023-09-05Bibliographically approved
Malizgani, C. P., Zulu, J. M., Goicolea, I. & Hurtig, A.-K. (2023). Unlocking policy synergies, challenges and contradictions influencing implementation of the Comprehensive Sexuality Education Framework in Zambia: a policy analysis. Health Research Policy and Systems, 21(1), Article ID 97.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Unlocking policy synergies, challenges and contradictions influencing implementation of the Comprehensive Sexuality Education Framework in Zambia: a policy analysis
2023 (English)In: Health Research Policy and Systems, ISSN 1478-4505, E-ISSN 1478-4505, Vol. 21, no 1, article id 97Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) has recently become salient, but adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights (ASRHR) challenges are still a global health problem. Studying policies which have implications for CSE implementation is a crucial but neglected issue, especially in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) like Zambia. We analyzed policy synergies, challenges and contradictions influencing implementation of CSE framework in Zambia.

Methods: We conducted a document review and qualitative interviews with key stakeholders from Non-Governmental Organizations, as well as health and education ministries at the National and all (10) provincial headquarters. Our methods allowed us to capture valuable insights into the synergies, challenges and contradictions that exist in promoting CSE framework in Zambia.

Results: The study highlighted the synergies between policies that create opportunities for implementation of CSE through the policy window for adoption of sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) that opened around the 1990s in Zambia, promotion of inclusive development via education, adoption of an integrated approach in dealing with SRHR problems, and criminalization of gender-based violence (GBV). This analysis also identified the policy challenges and contradictions including restricted delivery of education on contraception in schools; defining childhood: dual legal controversies and implications for children, grey zones on the minimum age to access SRHR services; inadequate disability inclusiveness in SRHR legal frameworks; policy silences/contentious topics: LGBTQI + rights, abortion, and grey zones on the minimum age to access SRHR services.

Conclusion: While many policies support the implementation of CSE in schools, the existence of policy silences and challenges are among the barriers affecting CSE implementation. Thus, policy reformulation is required to address policy silences and challenges to enhance effective promotion and integration of the CSE framework.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BioMed Central (BMC), 2023
Keywords
Adolescents, Challenges, Comprehensive sexuality education, Facilitators, Policy analysis, Sexual reproductive health rights
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-214679 (URN)10.1186/s12961-023-01037-y (DOI)2-s2.0-85171368855 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2019-04448
Available from: 2023-09-28 Created: 2023-09-28 Last updated: 2023-09-28Bibliographically approved
Chavula, M. P., Zulu, J. M. & Hurtig, A.-K. (2022). Factors influencing the integration of comprehensive sexuality education into educational systems in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review. Reproductive Health, 19(1), Article ID 196.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Factors influencing the integration of comprehensive sexuality education into educational systems in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review
2022 (English)In: Reproductive Health, ISSN 1742-4755, E-ISSN 1742-4755, Vol. 19, no 1, article id 196Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) plays a critical role in promoting youth and adolescent's sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing. However, little is known about the enablers and barriers affecting the integration of CSE into educational programmes. The aim of this review is to explore positive and negative factors influencing the integration of CSE into national curricula and educational systems in low- and middle-income countries.

METHODS: We conducted a systematic literature review (January 2010 to August 2022). The results accord with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis standards for systematic reviews. Data were retrieved from the PubMed, Cochrane, Google Scholar, and Web of Hinari databases. The search yielded 442 publications, of which 34 met the inclusion criteria for full-text screening. The review is guided by an established conceptual framework that incorporates the integration of health innovations into health systems. Data were analysed using a thematic synthesis approach.

RESULTS: The magnitude of the problem is evidenced by sexual and reproductive health challenges such as high teenage pregnancies, early marriages, and sexually transmitted infections. Awareness of these challenges can facilitate the development of interventions and the implementation and integration of CSE. Reported aspects of the interventions include core CSE content, delivery methods, training materials and resources, and various teacher-training factors. Reasons for adoption include perceived benefits of CSE, experiences and characteristics of both teachers and learners, and religious, social and cultural factors. Broad system characteristics include strengthening links between schools and health facilities, school and community-based collaboration, coordination of CSE implementation, and the monitoring and evaluation of CSE. Ultimately, the availability of resources, national policies and laws, international agendas, and political commitment will impact upon the extent and level of integration.

CONCLUSION: Social, economic, cultural, political, legal, and financial contextual factors influence the implementation and integration of CSE into national curricula and educational systems. Stakeholder collaboration and involvement in the design and appropriateness of interventions is critical.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BioMed Central, 2022
Keywords
And rights, Collaboration, Comprehensive sexuality education, Factors, Health, Integration, Sexual reproductive
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-199982 (URN)10.1186/s12978-022-01504-9 (DOI)000861892400001 ()36175901 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85138856592 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-10-04 Created: 2022-10-04 Last updated: 2022-10-13Bibliographically approved
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