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Planned Parenthood

New York City

Fostering Communication About Sex

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Margaret Sanger Center International (MSCI) was Planned Parenthood of New York City's international program from 1973 to 2010. MSCI worked with local partners throughout the world to promote healthy sexuality, reproductive choice, and gender equity. Many of MSCI's efforts focused on encouraging family communication about sexuality. For example:

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Brochure on sex education for 
outreach to Mongolian parents

    • With support from the government of Mongolia and the United Nations Population Fund, MSCI worked to enhance sex education in that country. In addition to helping to devise a curriculum for secondary schools and teacher-training courses, MSCI assisted in the production and translation of multimedia resources for teens and their parents.

    • MSCI developed a "Christian Family Life Education" manual and conducted workshops based on it in the Bahamas, Papua New Guinea, and Jamaica. These workshops trained religious leaders and parents in how to foster family communication about sex.

    • As a member of Youth.now, a five-year adolescent reproductive health program in Jamaica, MSCI provided training on adolescent sexual and reproductive health to the Coalition for Better Parenting, a national organization of parents.
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A Zambian parent educator graduates 
from MSCI's sexuality training course.

  • MSCI partnered with the Family Life Movement of Zambia and the Adolescent Reproductive Health Consortium of Zambia to strengthen sexual and reproductive health education for parents and youth.

  • Under the auspices of YouthNet, a USAID-funded global program, MSCI worked with Christian and Muslim religious leaders from African countries, including many other locales to develop training curricula on adolescent reproductive health and sexuality. 

  • In collaboration with the government of Malawi, MSCI conducted an "information and education" campaign to improve families' and couples' communication about sexuality and reproductive health. The campaign distributed 160,000 posters, 20,000 flipcharts, 24,000 booklets, and 100,000 pamphlets in the country's dominant language, Chichewa.

In addition to the examples described above, MSCI also worked in many other locales on sexuality education for parents and young people.

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Fostering Communication About Sex