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COVID-19 and child health

What about children and COVID-19? While children seem to be less impacted by COVID-19 with possibly fewer infections and definitely fewer deaths, the main concern about child health is the …

Summary of Week 2

We have now reached the end of Week 2. We have learned that there are an estimated 90 million unintended pregnancies around the world each year, and that meeting unmet …

Family planning use and unmet need

We’ve determined that family planning has a range of benefits to health and beyond, but what if women can’t access the contraception they want or need? In this step Rebecca …

Every birth wanted: induced abortion

Induced abortion is one of the most socially and politically sensitive topics in reproductive health, and provokes strong emotional responses from many people. In this article, Dr Jenny Cresswell considers …

Every birth wanted: family planning

The International Conference on Population and Development, which took place in Cairo in 1994, established the right of men and women to be informed and have access to safe, effective, …

Summary of Week 1

We hope that you enjoyed learning about the health of adolescents and young people and now understand its importance to and impact upon the lifecycle. In Week 2 we move …

What is reproductive health?

Reproduction is a biological process by which offspring are produced and is a fundamental feature of all life. Sexual reproduction concerns the production of new, living organisms from two individuals …

Adolescents and health services

Qualitative research can help to improve health interventions for adolescents and young people. In this video, LSHTM Professor Cicely Marston uses the example of sexual and reproductive health to demonstrate …

Adolescent development

As an individual transforms from a child to an adult in the period known as adolescence, they experience great physical, neurological and psychological changes. The various areas of development (physical, …

Using the Course

If this is your first FutureLearn course, please review the ‘Using FutureLearn’ quick start guide. Below is the ‘Mark as complete’ tab. You’ll see one of these after each step …

What do we mean by adolescents and young people?

Adolescence is a crucial period of rapid development that encompasses significant changes in a person’s life, perhaps second only to that experienced in early childhood. In this step Dr Beverly …