What is it about?

This work advocates innovative collaborative and integrative pedagogical approaches between the health and education fields for empowering adolescents aged between 10 and 19 years with knowledge, soft skills, and safe sexual behaviors against teenage pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including Human Immunodeficiency infections (HIV) and school dropouts.

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Why is it important?

Our work adds new knowledge on the best ways to develop, adopt and evaluate innovative integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) in a Problem-Based Pedagogy via randomized controlled trials. Moreover, the findings of this work provide a path toward the procedural activities in developing a sustainable, interdisciplinary, and formal SRH guideline to assist and guide teachers and/or health workers during the facilitation of SRH learning among adolescents. Adolescents may also benefit from the findings of this work because they are going to be oriented on necessary soft skills to be adhered to against sexual storms and stresses in their day-to-day living.


Given the nature and characteristics of the adolescence stage (A malleable stage, which is featured by reckless and trial and error behaviours), there is a potential need to invest time and resources in research to develop/adopt and test age and friendly-based strategies that ralate better with adolescents for their appropriate characters, identity and a sense of social responsibilities to contribute to the social economic prosperity at national, regional and global levels respectively.

Dr. Walter C. Millanzi
The University of Dodoma (UDOM)

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This page is a summary of: Effect of integrated reproductive health lesson materials in a problem-based pedagogy on soft skills for safe sexual behaviour among adolescents: A school-based randomized controlled trial in Tanzania, PLoS ONE, February 2022, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0263431.
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