Unprotected sex is the second largest health risk for young people globally. In Barbados, sexuality education, although part of the HFLE curriculum is at times limited or non-existent. Our young people don't have unrestricted access to condoms, contraceptive methods and health care services like testing. Discussions surrounding sex, including safe sexual practices, are not common among Barbadian households.
Significant progress has been made in fighting the global HIV epidemic: more and more people have access to HIV treatment and the number of new infections continues to decline. While Barbados enjoys a similar decline, young people continue to engage in risky sexual behaviours, resulting in adverse sexual health outcomes, including unintended pregnancy, and STI transmission, including HIV.
Unfortunately, most efforts to combat sexual health related problems among young people have failed to specifically address their vulnerability. A limited understanding of youth’s specific needs and behavior, and inadequate communications strategies are responsible for these poor health outcomes. dance4life addresses these gaps. For a more comprehensive situational analysis on the deficiencies in the HFLE programme in Barbados and how dance4life is crucial to filling those gaps, please see our 2016 Independent Evaluation
by Dr.Caroline Allen.’