To promote the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people from Burma aged 12 – 24, many of whom are either living in conflict zones in Burma or as illegal migrants in Thailand.
The Adolescent Reproductive Health Network (ARHN) is a group of nine community-based organizations on the Thai/Burma border. ARHN promotes sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people from Burma aged 12 – 24, many of whom are either living in conflict zones in Burma or as illegal migrants in Thailand.
Burmese adolescents on both sides of the border desperately need the education and reproductive healthcare supplies ARHN trainers deliver. Eastern Burma has been in conflict for over 60 years: landmines, lack of development, forced labor, rape, and destruction of villages are common. Inside eastern Burma there are almost no clinics, no doctors, no nurses, and often no schools. Early marriage and maternal mortality from pregnancy and unsafe abortion are very high.
In migrant areas of Thailand, Burmese adolescents looking for work as illegal laborers are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault, trafficking, violence and coercion. Trading sex for security in the form of a safe place to stay, food, or a job is not uncommon.
1. Educate adolescents about reproductive anatomy, HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention, safe sex, and family planning
2. Promote gender equity among adolescents
3. Promote values and attitudes of self-respect among adolescents
4. Reduce unintended teenage pregnancy
5. Promote adolescent sexual and reproductive rights