Ministry seeks youth participants for adolescent survey

POSTED: 10/20/11 2:08 PM

St. Maarten – Section General Public Health of the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), which is an executing agency of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, in collaboration with its local stakeholders (secondary schools, parents, community organizations, students) will carry out an adolescent survey in the week of October 24 with the assistance of an Emory University research team. The confidential survey will be carried out within the secondary schools, and among the out of school students, youth between the age of 13 to 19, as well as those who have dropped out of school. Students and out of school youth will fill in the survey using a computer and also participate in focus group discussions.
In order to reach the target group out of school youth Collective Prevention Services is seeking former high school students of the aforementioned age to also be part of the survey. Parents and youths are encouraged to contact CPS for further information and to register to participate in the voluntary survey. Interested parents and students should contact Eva de Weever or Maria Henry at 542-2078 or 542-3003 for further information.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports are collaborating on the project, which is being financed by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO and the St. Maarten Aids Foundation. The project is aimed at getting an overview of the issues that might affect young people age 13 – 19. The general objective is to enhance the understanding of factors that influence the health and wellness of young persons, with the emphasis on HIV, sexual and reproductive health in Aruba, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Curacao, Sint Maarten, St. Eustatius and the Cayman Islands. The information derived from the survey will lead to the development of targeted interventions and serve as a baseline.

The survey will also assess protective and risk factors related to young people’s health and wellness and their knowledge, attitudes, perceptions and behaviors around HIV, sexuality and other sexual and reproductive health issues.

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