Knowledge and Attitudes of Sana'a University Students Towards Reproductive Health, Yemen

Bothaina Ahmed Attal1*, Abdullah Abdulaziz Muharam1, Ali Mohamed Assabri1, Jamila Saleh Al-Ra'abei2.

1Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sana'a University, 2Nursing Division, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, CHodeidah University

Introduction:

late adolescence or early young adulthood (18-24 years), a period of great emotional, educational, and social changes. Literature, over the last years, has highlighted different general and public health issues around the globe1,2,3 including the Arab world4. The youth experimenting behavior compounded by poor knowledge about diseases and preventive measures increase their health risks. Accidents are dramatically higher among this age group; smoking and substance use typically begin in adolescence or young adulthood 2,5. In 2010 young people aged 15–24 accounted for 42% of new HIV infections in people aged 15 and older5. On the other hand, studies show poor

knowledge about Reproductive issues and Health in a number of the developing countries such as Turkey6 and Egypt7. Supporting youth to understand and apply RH information and services is an important measure to meet the youth distinctive needs and reduce the RH risks of this crucial stage of life 8,9, 10,11. This study provides such information in the Yemeni setting where RH is not well researched especially among the youth. Yemen is a low income country with an estimated 23 million population in 2010, 75% rural population and a rapid population growth (3.2%). Youth and adolescents form 33% of the population12. The Family Health Survey conducted in

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