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Behavioral Risk Factors

Gender and Diverstiy

2010-07-12 14:04:02

girlCultural and social gender norms often restrict adolescent girls' access to basic information and knowledge, and prescribe an unequal and passive role in sexual decision making. This undermines their autonomy and exposes many of them to sexual coercion and abusive relationships. Adolsecent girls in the Region are disempowered and in a vulnerable situation. The empowerment of adolescents is crucial to the countries meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

Likewise, traditional expectations related to masculinity are often associated with behaviors that increase the risk of HIV infection among men and adolescent boys (a high number of sexual partners, use of drugs or alcohol, and refusal to seek medical care for sexually transmitted infections).

Fact sheet: Investing in Indigenous Youth to Achieve Healthy Popualtions


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ProCor: A Global Community Promoting Cardiovascular Health

2009-08-13 10:46:59

ProCorProCor, a program of the Lown Cardiovascular Research Foundation, is a global network promoting cardiovascular health in developing countries and other low-resource settings. ProCor uses low-cost communication technologies to provide people in clinical, community, advocacy, and policymaking settings with the information they need to promote heart health.

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