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Quang Ninh (VNA) – A forum on reproductive and sexual health and rights of young people was held in Ha Long city, the northern province of Quang Ninh on November 27.

The event was a sideline activity of the ongoing ninth Asia Pacific conference on reproductive and sexual health and rights (APCRSHP), scheduled for November 28-30.

Bjorn Andersson, Asia Pacific Regional Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), said the conference has the theme “Leave no one behind! Justice in sexual and reproductive health”.

He underlined the need for investment in reproductive health care and gender education, particularly at primary level, to help children respect each other while improving their communicative skills.

Legal framework should be developed and enforced to ensure that teenagers and youths are well taken care of in terms of reproductive and sexual health, and that their rights on the issues are fully implemented, according to Bjorn Andersson.

According to UNFPA, Asia Pacific Region, around 10,000 girls are annually reported dead due to pregnancy-related complications. Some 5.2 million teenagers get pregnant and 6.3 million have sex without contraceptive measures. The region also reports 90,000 new cases of HIV infection.-VNA