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Awareness on sexual and reproductive health an urgent need in India



New Delhi, 11 July 2018: The world population currently stands at 7.6 billion and the combined population of the world's two most populous nations, namely India and China, is 2.7 billion (more than a third of the world population, indicate estimates. Every year, 11th July is observed as the World Population Day. On this day, awareness needs to be generated on the fact that an increase in population is also a social issue. Some factors that need urgent attention, therefore, include gender inequality, ignorance among youth about sexual and reproductive health issues, and lack of family planning.

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 International Conference on Human Rights, where it was globally emphasized for the first time that family planning is a human right.The Teheran Proclamation, which was the outcome document of the conference affirmed that, ‘Parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children.’

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal, President, HCFI, said, “Sexual health is an important part of one’s overall well-being and it is essential to follow a healthy lifestyle to maintain sexual health. Sexual and reproductive health encompasses a range of interrelated issues and challenges. All persons irrespective of gender or sexual orientation should be aware of and have access to proper health care, birth control and health education programmes. This holds more relevance today on the World Population Day. In the absence of awareness, one may not be able to understand the underlying causes of sexual disorders and seek appropriate help. The unwillingness of individuals to discuss their sexual problems may be the greatest barrier to achieving the WHO’s vision of sexual health and to promoting responsible sexual behavior.”

There is a need to remove some popular misconceptions about sex, in a country such as India where the subject is still socially taboo. One must also understand that advice from a respected and trusted source is better than that from peers, the Internet, and word of mouth.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, who is also the Group Editor of IJCP, said, “This is a very important phase for India considering the fact that1.2 billion adolescents are reaching their reproductive years. However, most do not have access to any sort of family planning information and services. To realize their full economic potential, they should also be provided with access to contraceptives and youth-focused sexual and reproductive health and family planning programmes.”

Some tips from HCFI for good sexual and reproductive health in both men and women.
• Eat a balanced diet that is high in fiber and low in fat. Drink plenty of water.
• Get regular exercise and maintain a healthy weight.
• Get enough sleep and avoid stress.
• Avoid using toacco, alcohol, or other drugs.
• To keep the reproductive system healthy, keep the genitals clean and avoid coming into contact with body fluids, like blood or semen. To check for cancer, women should perform monthly self-exams of their breasts, and men should perform monthly self-exams of their testes.
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About Heart Care Foundation of India
Initiated in 1986, the Heart Care Foundation of India is a leading National NGO working in the field of creating mass health awareness among people from all walks of life and providing solutions for India's everyday healthcare needs. The NGO uses consumer-based entertainment modules to impart health education and increase awareness amongst people. A leading example of this is the Perfect Health Mela; an annual event started in 1993 that is attended by over 2-3 lakh people each year. The Mela showcases activities across categories such as health education seminars and check-ups, entertainment programs, lifestyle exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and competitions. In addition to this, the NGO conducts programs and camps to train people on the technique of hands only CPR through its CPR 10 mantra for revival after a sudden cardiac arrest. They currently hold three Limca book of world records for the maximum number of people trained in hands-only CPR in one go. Keeping article 21 of the Indian Constitution in mind, which guarantees a person Right to Life, Heart Care Foundation of India has also recently initiated a project called the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund to ensure that no one dies of a heart disease just because they cannot afford treatment.
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News Release: Awareness on sexual and reproductive health an urgent need in India
Submitted on: July 11, 2018 12:46:43 PM
Submitted by: drkk aggarwal
On behalf of: www.heartcarefoundation.org/
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