Standards for Curriculum-Based Reproductive Health and HIV Education Programs

In order for young people to make good decisions about sexual and reproductive health (RH) matters, they need good information, values and attitudes consistent with health goals, skills to behave consistently with their knowledge and values, and access to quality health services. Curriculum-based education can contribute to providing what young people need in a structured format, with flexible approaches that can be implemented in a variety of settings. With these features, curriculum-based approaches constitute an important strategy in addressing HIV/AIDS and unintended pregnancy. Program evaluations and overview studies have found that curriculum-based RH/HIV education can be effective in widely differing geographic areas, various cultural settings, and among youth of different income levels and both sexes.

Family Health International
Senderowitz J, Kirby D