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All About Reproductive Health, In 50-min Video

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Times of India
20 October 2010
By M Ramya
Chennai, India

Noting that the awareness about reproductive health was low among adolescent girls in the state’s urban and rural areas, two non–governmental organisations have come out with a ready reckoner on the topic. The 50–minute video will have a leading gynaecologist in the city answering the most commonlyasked questions on the issue.

The video, ‘Penmai – To be a woman’, will be in simple Tamil and will address the basics of reproductive health, from adolescence to menopause and also breaks myths associated with the issue. The questions have been derived from interactions with adolescent girls and young mothers during sensitisation programmes conducted for the target group by Kalanjiyam and The Aseema Trust, the two NGOs involved.

Aseema Trust co–ordinator Vasantha Parthasharathy said, "We conducted an orientation programme with Dr Gita Arjun on reproductive health and personal hygiene among the students of a home for girls and teacher trainees in the city. We found that they didn’t know anything about their bodies. They had no idea about the menstruation cycle or changes that take place in the body after puberty. This got us working on the project." She said girls learnt about such things only after attaining puberty but added that even younger girls should be armed with such information.

The two NGOs say that there are few sources that young women can get such information from, and what information they can access is inadequate or inaccurate, leading to their forming misconceptions and being ill–prepared to manage their reproductive lives.

"Adolescent girls are embarassed to even ask the doctor about problems like irregular periods or conception. We came up with the questions based on the most frequently raised doubts, after analysing which areas the women were most unaware of and the most useful information.

You could say we are taking our adolescent programme to the next level and making it more intensive," said R Mansadevi, project manager at Kalanjiyam. The DVD will be released by Maya Gaitonde of Balamandir and the first copy will be received by actress Revathy. The Aseema Trust will take care of distributing the DVDs in urban areas in the state while Kalanjiyam will hand over copies to people in rural areas.

Around 1,000 CDs are being rolled out on Wednesday and will be available for distribution to individuals, schools and NGOs. More copies will be made based on demand.
The interested can mail kalanjiyam@gmail.com or aseema123@yahoo.com for free copies of the video. (ramya.m@timesgroup.com)

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