Seminar on Procreation Health [Archives:1999/47/Health]

November 22 1999

Yasser Mohammed Ahmed,
Yemen Times
The Yemeni Association for Family Care held a Seminar on Procreative Health from 16-17 November, at the Health Institute in Sana’a. This seminar aimed at urging Yemeni society to work to improve family relations, while providing health care and guidance.
A number of lectures were delivered in the seminar and some video films which included family affairs were shown.
Miss Jamilah Al-Shara’ei pointed out that Health Care Association contributed a lot to offering services on motherhood and childhood, and engaging in different activities represented by the following:
– Motherhood and childhood services, and guiding family through the centers of the association in all governorates.
– Providing centers, hospitals and clinics offering new ways of family planning.
– Offering health services to mother and child through health centers in the rural areas.
– Organizing training courses in all health fields.
– Training doctors and nurses in all governorates’ health centers.
The aims of this seminar include training all doctors who are working in family care including mother and child health and to exchange expertise.
On Tuesday, November 16, 1999, a lecture was delivered by Dr. Yosra Morait titled “The concept of procreative health.” Dr. Yosra’s lecture concentrated on how we can teach procreative health, its importance and requirements in Yemen as Yemen is characterized by a high level of productivity with a lack of health services. The obstacles which face the family are represented by the difficulty of getting health services and the increase of women’s illiteracy. The seminar also concentrated on sexual health, which is known by an “absence of venereal disease, infection and enjoying sexual life.”We can attain procreative health through training doctors in the health sector, and spreading awareness on the influences of abnormal sexual relations through information media. We must offer guidance on sexual activity, unwanted pregnancy and teach sexual education at all academic stages.
On the second day, Dr. Mohammed Taqi’edeen has delivered a lecture titled “Sexually Communicated Diseases and AIDS”. The lecture concentrated on giving the historical background of AIDS (Acquired Immunity Deficiency Syndrome), its dangers and causes. It also showed its sources and the ways through which it can be communicated. AIDS can be transmitted in different ways including:
1- Sexual relations.
2- Polluted blood.
3- Contagious diseases of mother to her infant.
The lecture illustrated the situation of AIDS in Yemen. The first contagious case of AIDS was registered in 1987, and the other one was in 1995, despite the fact that Yemen is one of the countries in the Red Sea, which has few reported cases. Females form about 33% of AIDS cases, while males form 67%. 47% are non-Yemenis, while 53% are Yemenis. The seminar also discussed the precautions and how we can control this disease. The seminar also focused on other diseases, which are communicated through sexual relations such as gonorrhoea and syphilis. At the end of the seminar, the trainers received certificates of merit.