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Girl's Puberty Book Project provides an international model for promoting female health in Africa
Date:6/29/2011

government of Tanzania has made a strong commitment narrowing the gender gap in education, as well as addressing the priority health challenges facing girls. However, this is the first project that focuses broad attention and resources on female puberty, menstrual onset and management in sub-Saharan Africa.

As a result of the positive response, Dr. Sommer is adapting the girl's book to Ghana, with plans for developing an Ethiopia book in 2012. There also is strong interest from Tanzanian parents and teachers for the development of a similar book for boys. "A Puberty Book for Boys would send a powerful message and not only teach boys about the changes of puberty but promote among boys the need for better treatment and respect of girls and women," observed Dr. Sommer.

Other girls' book projects underway as a result of the Tanzania book include adaptations by experts in Zimbabwe, Nepal, and South Africa.


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Contact: Stephanie Berger
sb2247@columbia.edu
212-305-4372
Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
Source:Eurekalert

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