30 September 2012
Reproductive health issues discussed at Mother and Child Forum in Moscow this week
Health and Development Foundation staff attended the All-Russia Mother and Child Forum in Moscow this week, where experts addressed maternal, child, and reproductive health issues. Today, according to the Ministry of Health’s head child and adolescent gynecology specialist Elena Uvarova, approximately 20% of adolescent girls have disorders that may lead to serious reproductive problems later in life. This may, in turn, decrease the reproductive potential of a generation of Russian women.
A number of factors affect the
reproductive potential of women, such as harmful habits, a decrease in their
standard of living, abortions, serious illnesses, and communicable diseases,
according to Gennady Sukhikh, director of the Kulakov Federal Center for
Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Perinatology. He also noted that women’s lack of information
about reproductive health and means to maintain it, in part due to insufficient
educational programs, is a serious problem.
of HDF’s initiatives to combat this problem is Text4baby Russia (SMSmame in
Russian), which provides new and expectant mothers information about caring for
their own health and the health of their children through free text messages to
their mobile phones.
educational programs in this area are currently in development.
Health and Development Foundation