Study on factors affecting youth’s reproductive health underway

MIRI: The National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN) is doing a research on Risk and Protective Factors Affecting Youths Sexual and Reproductive Health in Sarawak and Sabah.

In revealing this, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said a similar research was conducted in Peninsular Malaysia in 2011.

A research on Risk and Protective Factors Affecting Youths Sexual and Reproductive Health in Peninsular Malaysia conducted by LPPKN in 2011 found that family closeness is one of the factors contributing to youths sexual behaviour and reproductive health.

We are now implementing similar research in Sarawak and Sabah this year, she said when officiating at the 2015 Happy Family Roadshow at Bekenu community hall near here yesterday.

Rohani admitted that modern living posed tough challenges to the family institution, resulting in the so-called commuter family and sandwich family.

In an effort to save marriages, she said her ministry through LPKKN in collaboration with registered non-governmental organisations (NGOs) started the SMARTSTART pre-marriage programme to provide knowledge, guidance, skills and tips for a happy marriage and family life.

She called on more NGOs in Sarawak to submit their applications to LPPKN Sarawak to enable them to conduct the SMARTSTART pre-marriage course.

Another programme called SMARTSTART 2nd Honeymoon, she added, had been extended to couples who had been married for more than five years.

She pointed out that the ministry and LPPKN had lined out five core values; namely love, attitude, health, safety and harmony, as the basic guideline in developing a happy family.

On the roadshow, she said the event in Bekenu was the fourth this year after Pusa (Sarawak), Menumbok (Sabah) and Tanjung Malim in Perak.

The theme for this years roadshow is I Love My Family.