By Elias Hakizimana.
Rwanda Union of Little People (RULP) recommends that people living with dwarfism should be given accurate information about sexual and reproductive health in order to prevent from bitter consequences resulting from sexual illiteracy.
Speaking to www.rwandainspirer.com , Christine Mukamurera and Nadia Kamagaju, members of RULP imparted the illiteracy by testimony.
“My daughter (living with dwarfism) was made pregnant and was willing to abort but I stood out and counselled her until she went to see the doctors and by now, she is doing well.” Mukamurera said.
Giving her own testimony, Kamagaju, 27 said: “Most of us are still illiterate of sexual reproduction because some are not allowed to be free from their dwelling places. We need to know about like menstrual period, sexual transmitted diseases and their prevention. Doctors sometimes don’t care satisfactorily about us, so I wish they changed the approach they use.”
Rwanda Union of Little People (RULP) states that there is very low education level among little people in Rwanda.
Honorine Tuyishimire, Executive Director of RULP said: “All what they have as information about sexual and reproductive health is informally-based. Some parents say: this dwarf can’t attract men so no need of counselling her about reproductive health. Consequences are numerous; some fall in unintended pregnancies without husband because she was misinformed about sex, and this may result in more negative effects like sexual transmitted diseases.”
“What we recommend to the government is that young people who are born with dwarfism be taken to schools for a proper education which will guide them to an upper level of literacy.” She added.
A recent study conducted on how literate are little people about reproduction health found out that many of them have no information about it because they didn’t go to school.
And by this, Fidèle Munezero, the study consultant said: “The first recommendation is to have training on right to sexual and reproductive care for little people. Little people should have booklets in which needed information should be found, be it their rights or their reproductive health.”
“There are other ways of communication that can be used in the community: health centers and health posts can might be doing the task. Another channel could be periodical villagehood assemblies in which the needed message should pass.” He added.
“We therefore recommended that Little people be given time in those channels to give out the message so that either the little people or the whole community be communicated.” He clinched.
According to UNFPA which is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health Agency, Good sexual and reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system. It implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life, the capability to reproduce, and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so.
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