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An overview of adolescents sexual and reproductive health services provision in Malaysia

Abdul Hamid, Siti Hazariah and Callery, Peter and Fallon, Debbie (2020) An overview of adolescents sexual and reproductive health services provision in Malaysia. Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing, Online First. pp. 1-18. ISSN 2469-4193 E-ISSN 2469-4207

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Abstract

Safer sex provision, including contraception information and services, should be made available to adolescents regardless of their marital status in strategies to reduce the incidence of unintended teenage pregnancies and the spread of STIs. In Malaysia, this information is still not being delivered formally to adolescents even though unintended teenage pregnancies and the practice of “baby dumping” are serious public health issues. The aims of this article are to describe the Malaysian context in terms of the need for comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information and treatment for unmarried adolescents. The article presents the key aspects of Malaysian society and the potential influence on the provision and delivery of sexual and reproductive health information and treatment to unmarried Malaysian adolescents that can be a reference for healthcare professionals especially school health nurses. The article also describes the establishment of sheltered homes, baby hatches and unregulated adoption processes as the initiatives being taken to address the issue of unintended teenage pregnancies. This article suggests that the policy and laws that require parental consent for accessing the services need to be reviewed and revised to ensure that specific services are available to adolescents in a safe environment that maintains confidentiality.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5496/80570
Uncontrolled Keywords: sexual and reproductive health, adolescent, baby abandonment, unintended pregnancies
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Nursing
Kulliyyah of Nursing > Department of Special Care Nursing
Depositing User: Dr Siti Hazariah Abdul Hamid
Date Deposited: 29 May 2020 17:49
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2020 10:35
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/80570

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