Reproductive health (RH) is one of the cornerstones of an individual’s health and well-being, and an important component of a country’s human social development. Limited access to RH information among female adolescents can increase their vulnerability to health problems. Therefore, it is important to provide them with accurate and age-appropriate information. In the Middle East and North Africa, cultural norms dictate that girls should not be exposed to information about RH until they are married. Providing unmarried girls with RH information, education, counseling and services has long been a challenge because of cultural, social and religious sensitivities. This working paper presents key findings of a recent study conducted by the Alexandria Regional Centre for Women's Health and Development, in Egypt, highlighting gaps between female adolescents' needs for appropriate RH information and what they actually have access to, as expressed by the girls.
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