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Friday, 24 June 2011 11:32

Brochure - Front Side

Article I of the United Nations Declaration on Violence Against Women defines violence against women as: "Any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivations of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life".

Violence against women and girls (VAW/G) is most often perpetrated by partners, family members, and acquaintances. VAW/G is inextricably linked to social, economic, and legal inequity as a consequence of gender.

VAW/G is an abuse of human rights and a major public health issue. Although largely under-reported, VAW/G is increasing in Pacific communities.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2011 11:08
Brochure - MENTAL HEALTH PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 June 2011 10:52

Brochure - Front SideMental health affects how a person feels, thinks and acts in their daily life. People with severe mental disorders experience disturbing symptoms that can make it difficult to work, go to school, relate to others, or cope with ordinary life demands

Untreated mental health disorders, such as depression, schizophrenia, alcohol use disorders, self-inflicted injuries and bipolar affective disorder, can result in a high burden for the individual, their families, communities and the overall economy.

Adolescent mental health service needs are unmet in Pacific Island Countries and there is a great lack of programs to prevent mental health disorder and promote mental health.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2011 11:10
Brochure - STIs & HIV PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 June 2011 08:47

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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are infections that can be transferred from one person to another through sexual contact.

Most STIs can be effectively treated when diagnosed. The four most common STIs found in the Pacific region are chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea and trichomoniasis.

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. This virus is passed from one person to another through blood-to-blood and sexual contact. Also, infected pregnant women can pass HIV to their baby during pregnancy or delivery, as well as through breast-feeding. HIV is not curable and daily ongoing antiretroviral therapy is required to suppress the HIV virus and stop the progression of HIV disease.

Untreated STIs and HIV can result in adverse health for young men and women. The high prevalence of STIs in young people in the Pacific is a significant public health issue that requires urgent action.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2011 11:14
Brochure - SUICIDE PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:00

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Suicide is the act of deliberately killing oneself . In the world, over one million people commit suicide every year, and there are many more attempted suicides.

Globally, suicide is one of the leading causes of death among young people. The incidence of suicides and attempted suicides is one indicator of mental health and life satisfaction within the population.

In the pacific, suicide is largely a problem that afflicts those between the ages of 15 and 29. The premature death of young people by suicide is extremely concerning especially since this is the period of life when careers and long term relationships are being formed.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2011 11:11
Brochure - TEENAGE PREGNANCY PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 June 2011 12:51

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Teenage pregnancy is defined as births to girls aged 15-19 years. Young people in the Pacific region are not provided with adequate knowledge and skills about sexual reproductive health and have limited access to youth-friendly, gender-responsive sexual and reproductive services, including contraceptives.

Teenage pregnancy is associated with a number of negative outcomes for the mother, father, baby, community and the country’s economy.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2011 11:12
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