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Support of Premarital Abstinence by Fertility Awareness

The PEPFAR project in Uganda and Ethiopia.

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Sexuality Teaching in the context
of Adult Responsibility supports
Strategic Objectives A Abstinence And B Be Faithful Prevent STI Transmission and Premarital Pregnancy

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Our earlier work has shown that: Experiential learning of the womans fertility signs lets girls take ownership of their sexuality and fertility, Enhances self confidence and ability to resist peer and general pressure

Klaus H, Dennehy MN,Turnbull MJ: Undergirding Abstinence within a Sexuality Education Program. Presented at Teen Pregnancy Prevention Conference, Pennsylvania State University, State college, PA, 2001

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Teachers require training to deliver age appropriate curricula. Women need to teach girls, Men need to teach boys. Frequent transfers required training replacements especially in government schools

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Ethiopia Uganda 774 27, 238 39,357

N Volunteer teachers trained

355

N students graduated 29,733 N gen. reached 97,980

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Graduates reached 2 and 3 years after graduation: 80% female Age 16 - 32% 20% male Age 18 - 45%

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Sexual intercourse Prior to entry 3.5%

Intiated during program 4%


Discontinued > 1 year ago: 33.3% 7-12 months ago: 16.7%

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Median age at first intercourse, women Ethiopia 16.1 years of age Uganda 16.8

Demographic and health survey 2011

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Minors require parental consent to participate At least 3 parent meetings are offered Response of parents and general community has been overwhelmingly positive.