Community members mentioned they were willing to support FPAB's project activities, and teachers invited FPAB to come into their schools to provide education.
However, conducting field activities on sexuality issues in the community is challenging for FPAB staff, as they face a lot of resistance from the adult population, which may be damaging for their reputation, thereby making it even harder for young people to access the youth centre and FPAB services.
FPAB are increasing their adolescent sexual and reproductive health programmes with more sexuality education and community activities, and training more staff, youth volunteers and youth counsellors, following a sex-positive approach.
Following this sex-positive and rights-based approach FPAB and 50 other organisations in four Asian and five African countries, united in the Dutch Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Alliance, have developed programme and monitoring frameworks that include measuring results on sexual well-being outcomes like empowerment and reduction of gender inequality, sexual violence, fear and insecurity, discrimination and stigma.
With the support of FPAB and the first author, the research team collected qualitative data in 28 focus group discussions (FGDs) with 237 unmarried boys and girls; 48 in-depth interviews, with 6 health service providers, 11 adults, 15 girls and 16 boys; two panel discussions with stakeholders, consisting of community leaders, parents, school teachers, health clinic personnel and staff members of the Family Planning Association of Bangladesh; and observations at a youth-friendly service centre, two street locations where street canvassers were selling traditional medicines for sexuality problems, two public parks and two cyber cafes that adolescents indicated were dating places.
Data were presented and discussed with a panel of community stakeholders and FPAB staff members, to gain their views, verify preliminary conclusions and formulate recommendations for interventions.
More recently, BRAC has introduced sex education in their rural adolescents' schools, and FPAB and four other NGOs are developing and introducing a comprehensive sexuality education programme in schools in some districts.