Caribbean Sexual Health Education Case Study

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I. Executive Summary
Accord to Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) Caribbean, HFLE is a comprehensive, life skills–based programme, which focuses on the development of the whole, resilient person in that it provides sound health related knowledge to increase awareness of children and youth of the fact that the choices they make in everyday life profoundly influence their health and personal development into adulthood. In Antigua and Barbuda there has been an increase in the cases of sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancy which the Government is trying to curb. As a means of response, the Government has employed several seasonal and short term campaigns to address the issue which have had scattered results. Alternatively,
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The purpose of such education is focused on improving the longevity and quality of life for youth by responding to the nagging questions surrounding contraception, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual health practices, sexuality, sex, and the function of sexual organs. To respond to negative scourges of teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS among others the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in conjunction with the United Nations Child Emergency Fund (UNICEF) created the Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) initiative in 1994. Caribbean leaders have also designated HIV as a serious threat to health and economic development . However, many Caribbean islands such as Antigua and Barbuda have been delinquent in fully implementing this initiative.
Antigua and Barbuda as a signatory to the Millennium Development Goals and now the Sustainable Development Goals, has vowed to “fighting disease epidemics such as HIV and AIDS’ and its specific objectives of: ‘revers[ing] the spread of HIV/AIDS; and [providing] ‘universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it .” Consequently, they are bound both internationally and regionally to provide sexual health information to youth regarding HIV/AIDS to achieve this
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III. Goals, Objectives and Thesis Statement
Goal: To reduce the prevalence of teenage pregnancy and STI/HIV transmission in youth in Antigua
Objectives:
1. Undertake a public education campaign
2. Teach HFLE in national public schools at the primary and secondary levels
Thesis Statement:
Antigua and Barbuda has been unable to address issues surrounding teenage pregnancy and rising HIV/AIDS rates and need a practical solution. Therefore, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda must implement a comprehensive sexual education program in primary and secondary schools.
IV. Arguments Supporting HFLE in Antigua and Barbuda and Counterclaims
Argument1: Mandatory sexual health education via Health and Family Life Education can significantly reduce HIV/AIDS and

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