|A roundtable on the topic of reproductive health for youngsters at Minzu University of China [ce.cn]|
To celebrate the upcoming World Contraception Day, China Women's Development Foundation (CWDF) hosted a public lecture on the topic of reproductive health for youngsters at the auditorium of Minzu University of China on September 16.
The talk was co-organized along with the Beijing-based university and the international well-being communication platform HealthTalk.
China Central Television (CCTV) anchor Dong Qian; Secretary-General of the Chinese Association of Social Psychology Huang Han; and, research fellow from the National Health and Family Planning Commission Wu Shangchun, who is also a member of the Asia-Pacific Council on Contraception, all delivered keynote speeches on the phenomenon of adolescent abortion.
Launched in 2007, World Contraception Day takes place annually on September 26, aimed at improving the awareness of contraception to enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health. With a vision to create a world where every pregnancy is wanted, the annual worldwide campaign aims at improving safe contraception rates and promoting relevant education.
The initiative draws upon support from more than 70 countries, 12 non-governmental organizations and numerous medical groups around the world.
A number of medical professionals and prominent female representatives also attended the lecture and carried out an in-depth debate on the issue. They provided insightful views and feasible suggestions for young people, said commentators.
In 2009, China joined in the publicity campaign for the first time and set up an official website to prompt young people to communicate frankly about contraception and choose proper contraceptive measures.
According to Hu Jinxia, assistant to the secretary-general of the CWDF, the foundation has started to follow closely the increasingly grave phenomenon of pregnancy termination and repeat abortion among young women of childbearing age, since 2011. The foundation set up a patient-oriented charity called the Yiai Fund to provide up-to-date contraceptive guidance and consultation for young women, in a bid to mitigate the harm caused by abortions. It is estimated that each year over 1.5 million women benefit from this program.
"The CWDF believes this service model will help accumulate experience for the development of adolescents' reproductive health," said Hu.
As a nationwide charity committed to improving women's health and quality of life, the CWDF has spared no effort to co-launch a welfare program providing care for women in the post-abortive period. This was set up together with the Family Planning Sector of the Chinese Medical Association, the Scientific Research Institute of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, and People's Daily Online along with other institutions.
The CWDF has also set up a series of outpatient clinics at medical institutions across the country so that women can consult with professionals and get advice about post-abortion contraception. The scheme makes full use of the advantage that professional hospitals have in being able to spread contraceptive knowledge to young women and help them stay away from potentially harmful practices.
(Source: ce.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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