Citing the Act for Prevention and Solution of the Adolescent Pregnancy Problem, B.E. 2559 (2016), effective since July 29, 2016, Department of Health and strategic associates jointly developed the Draft Strategic Proposals for the Prevention and Solution of the Adolescent Teenage Pregnancy Problem B.E. 2560-2569 (2017-2026) with 5 following elements, namely (1) develop education system that promotes sexuality studies and quality life skills with appropriated support system;  (2) promote families, communities and premises’ roles in nourishing, creating ties and communicating sexual well-being for young people,  (3) develop quality and user-friendly sexual and reproductive health service system, (4) develop support system, reproductive health right protection and social welfare provision among young people, and (5) promote integrated database, research study and knowledge management. The 5 elements, namely (1) develop education system that promotes sexuality studies and quality life skills with appropriated support system;  (2) promote families, communities and premises’ roles in nourishing, creating ties and communicating sexual well-being for young people,  (3) develop quality and user-friendly sexual and reproductive health service system, (4) develop support system, reproductive health right protection and social welfare provision among young people, and (5) promote integrated database, research study and knowledge management. The 5th strategic element is in unison with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Thailand implementation plan 2017-2021. One of its critical missions is to support the use of empirical data analysis to develop and follow up national policy and strategy to promote youth, woman and vulnerable group rights and equalities.

UNFPA Thailand and Department of Health, as Secretary to the Adolescent Pregnancy Problem Prevention and Solution Implementation Committee, undertook an assignment from the Chair of Committee, holding a joint academic meeting on March 22-30, 2017 and a field trip to local organizations at Salaya Sub-district, Nakhon Pathom province. Professor Roger Ingham, Professor of Health and Community Psychology and Director of the Centre for Sexual Health Research, University of Southampton, UK, was invited to the meeting. As an expert in strategic data and research study management for the implementation of United Kingdom’s ten-year teenage pregnancy strategy for England (1999-2010), he offered knowledge and interchange experiences and lessons learned from using empirical data for effectively teenage pregnancy alleviation in England. The meeting also had a brainstorming session and knowledge-and-lesson-learnt-based adaptation for designing, implementation in accordance with 5 strategic elements of Prevention and Solution of the Adolescent Teenage Pregnancy Problem B.E. 2560-2569 (2017-2026), guided by empirical data.

For Thai agencies, participants came from 5 key ministries that play significant roles in strategy implementation, civil society organizations, academics and researchers from academic affairs departments, UN departments associated and Reproductive Health Bureau which is Assistant Secretary to the Adolescent Pregnancy Problem Prevention and Solution Implementation Committee.

Chair of the Adolescent Pregnancy Problem Prevention and Solution Implementation Committee assigned UNFPA Thailand and Department of Health, as Secretary to the Committee, to compose the Draft Strategic Proposals for the Prevention and Solution of the Adolescent Teenage Pregnancy Problem B.E. 2560-2569 (2017-2026) based on the review and recommendations from Professor Roger Ingham, expert from the UK, minutes of meeting on academic cooperation from March 22-29, 2017 and field work studies. Below are strategic elements proposed to the Committee on April 3, 2017.

Strategic Element 1:  Review and update the existing sexuality study curriculum, emphasizing the sexual-relationship-and-equality-based human rights as it is the highly productive curriculum according to the study.

Strategic Element 2:  Conduct research on parents’ anxiety and fears toward sexuality discussion with children and use the findings to develop help and supports needed for parents and guardians.

Strategic Element 3:  Conduct research among young people on their preferred means to obtain sexual and reproductive health advice and services, and conduct an assessment of services through and by young people themselves.

Strategic Element 4:  Provide location-specific physical and mental help and supports to teenage parents.

Strategic Element 5:  Have an independent advisory group to analyze empirical data for strategic proposals for the Prevention and Solution of the Adolescent Teenage Pregnancy Problem Committee, and closely follow up work to achieve the ten-year strategic goals.

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