The issue of gender is an essential feature of the provision of sexual and reproductive health services and policy formulation should be directed towards the needs of men as well as women. This approach is especially important for youth services, with an emphasis on personal relationships and the provision of condoms for safer sex. The vital role of sexuality education is now recognised for the early promotion of appropriate behaviours, and international guidelines are widely available for adaptation to local circumstances. Government goals Twenty-five years ago, in 1985, an editorial in this Journal celebrating its tenth anniversary stressed that family planning was an accepted medical discipline, cutting across boundaries to involve sociologists and psychologists, in th
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