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Academic curricula, training plans and sessions on reproductive health or on environmental sustainability should incorporate both of these topics and show their interrelatedness.

Awareness building in the mainstream public is important for reaching better conditions of reproduuctive health and rights and of environment. This can decrease the level of risks and dangers and increase the level of responsibility of individuals.

Unfortunately, the programs on sustainable development and on reproductive health are very seperate in Kyrgyzstan. Local experts and activists tend not to see the intersections between these two important issues.

I think, for advancement of interelatedness of the issues, we need to finance more academic research, which will try to reveal possible connections between reproductive health and environment. In my university, for instance, there’s small research conducted only on environmental issues. They don’t even attempt to see the relatedness of such issues with repoductive health and rights.

I hope in future this will change.

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