On Sunday, August 26, the medical science students of Fundación A. Jean Brugger gave a seminar on reproductive health, sexuality, contraceptives and sexually transmitted diseases in the El Bastón community north of San Juan del Sur.
15 teenagers and mothers between 17 and 52 years old participated in this activity. The FAJB students used the material and information they learned in the trainings with Dr. Álvaro Cortes Gómez, and each one presented a particular topic, using visual materials they had prepared.
Kimberly Lopez spoke about the changes that occur in the body during puberty, Josseline Romero described the types of contraceptives available and explained what a Pap test entails and why it is important. The participants asked many questions and there was a very lively conversation about sexuality.
Kimberly and Josseline demonstrated the procedure for using the Days for Girls kits, which are washable sanitary napkins.
All the participants received kits, and many of the women also received kits for their daughters. At the end of the training, mothers and young people were asked to share this information with their friends and to be counselors to their daughters; to use the knowledge they had acquired to help avoid teen-age pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, and other diseases due to poor personal hygiene.
Josselin Romero, who is studying dentistry, took the opportunity to show participants the appropriate method for brushing teeth. 10 children received toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Thank you to Heidi Glantzberg for bringing the Days for Girls program to San Juan del Sur, and to Nancy McCollum and the Downtown Houston group of Days for Girls for sewing the beautiful kits.
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