Main Organiser

Julius Centre University of Malaya

Co-organiser

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malay

Supported by

University of Malaya

MADRASAH EDUCATION AND ADOLESCENT SEXUAL & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH IN BANGLADESH

Author

Farid Alam Khan

Institution

Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS)

Abstract

Objectives : Madrasah students, irrespective of sex and age, have limited access to information and treatment on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in Bangladesh. Most of students do not know the basic information on STIs and HIV/AIDS. For many students, Fikah Sastra’ (Islamic religious text) is the only source of information on human sexuality. Teaching or explanation given by Madrasah teachers in the light of Fikah Sastra is subject to personal belief and bias. This study attempts to identify the difference between the Islamic beliefs and existing knowledge, attitude, and practices of Madrasah students regarding SRHR in Bangladesh.

Methods: The study used secondary data on adolescents SRH published in different journal, reports, and documents from 1995 to 2011. Both qualitative and quantitative data were reviewed and analyzed to provide a comprehensive SRH picture of Madrasah students.

Results: There were significant improvement of the services provided by government and NGOs. However, because of the taboo and religious beliefs many Madrasah students do not seek information and treatment services. Fear and misperception surrounding STIs and HIV/AIDS are deeply rooted among students. Ignorance and lack of information are the main causes of vulnerability to STIs and HIV/AIDS.

Conclusion: Understanding Islamic belief and practice in relation to SRH are important to design tailored intervention for Madrasah students. Meaningful engagement of religious leaders and teachers in the sexual health intervention is the key strategy to make SRH intervention acceptable to the community.