Recommendations For a Public Health Approach

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released a comprehensive document  aimed at health service policy makers and providers regarding the crucial importance and process of communication around sexuality, sexual health and practices.
Two primary target audiences:

  •  Health service policy-makers who need to plan for the inclusion of Brief Sexuality Communication (BSC) in health services and in performance monitoring systems
  • Decision-makers in health-care provider educational institutions who need to train health-care providers on how to incorporate BSC into their practice. 

From WHO:
“We see this document as an important achievement in the field of sexual health. It is a critical first step within the process that aims to facilitate access to evidence-based sexual health related interventions.”
“Sexual health is gaining more and more attention from public health practitioners and health service providers because of its contribution towards overall health and well-being in both adults and adolescents. Health risks arising from unsafe sexual practices and sexuality-related human rights abuses such as sexual coercion together contribute to the global burden of disease.”
“Both research and consultations over the last decades have identified sexuality-related communication as an issue that requires urgent attention. While clients would like their health-care providers to discuss sexual health concerns, health workers lack the necessary training and knowledge to feel comfortable addressing such issues. There is a lack of clarity in the field as to the role of sexuality communication in primary care.”

The full PDF document from The World Health Organization can be downloaded here: