Innovative and culturally sensitive educational package for migrants’ sexual health education – ICEX project
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Department of Health and Well-being, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland
Department of Public and Community Health, Laboratory of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of West Attica, Athens, Greece
Nursing Research, Innovation and Development Centre of Lisbon, Nursing School of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Turku Christian Institute, Turku, Finland
Education and Innovation Hub, Athens, Greece
Family Planning Association, Lisbon, Portugal
Estonian Refugee Council, Tartu, Estonia
Publication date: 2023-10-24
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Marjatta Häsänen   

Department of Health and Well-being, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland
Eur J Midwifery 2023;7(Supplement 1):A187
Sexual health education for migrants is an important part of public health. Migrants should have access to culturally sensitive and comprehensive information on sexual health. Education should be provided according to the needs of the migrant population, and it needs to be easily accessible. Sexual health is an important part of an individual’s overall health and well-being, and sexuality is a natural part of humanity throughout life. To accomplish good sexual health requires that the individuals have comprehensive and good-quality education about sexuality and access to sexual health care. Best practices in sexual education include a holistic approach and involve trained professionals. Although there is available a plethora of sexual education material, professionals working with migrants underutilize them. Often, the obstacle is that people working with migrants do not know how to address the sensitive subjects, such as sexuality. Cultural competence and sensitivity, which are important approaches in sexual health education, are often lacking. To address these educational needs the development of open access online learning material was seen as a solution in the consortium of Erasmus + funded ICEX project - Innovative and Culturally Sensitive Educational Package for Migrants’ Sexual Health Education. The aim of the project is to increase the knowledge of sexual health among adult migrants and professionals working with them by creating open access, comprehensive and easy-to-use online tools for migrants’ sexual health education. The ICEX project aims to strengthen the professionals’ competencies on sexual health education with the ultimate goal to improve sexual health among migrants.

Material and Methods:
Two panel discussions will be held during April-May 2023 in each partner country (Finland, Estonia, Greece, Portugal) for adult migrants (18-55 years) (n= 16/country, N=64) to address the perception of sexual health and the needs of content for sexual health education. In addition, two panel discussions per country will be held for professionals working with migrants (n=12/country, N=48) to gather the knowledge of sexual health and the professionals’ pedagogical skills and needs of content and methods on sexual health education. The findings of the panel discussions will be analyzed with content analysis.

The results of the panel discussions will provide the basis and assessed structure of online learning materials, to be developed online learning materials. ICEX educational package, where the adapted learning needs of adult migrants and best available knowledge and pedagogical practices of sexual health education among adult migrants and professionals will be collected, will provide innovative and culturally sensitive materials for sexual health education for adult migrants and professionals working with them. In addition, an eHandbook will be developed to provide supportive online guidelines for professionals working with migrants. It will contain information on how to use innovative and culturally sensitive teaching methods, as well as evidence-based theory of sexual health.

The project and its results will meet the needs of migrants’ increased knowledge of sexual health. Furthermore, the results will give the needed online tools in migrants’ sexual health education, and it will promote the professionals’ pedagogical skills and knowledge in that field. The ICEX educational package will lead to a systematic approach on improving the sexual health education among adult migrants, and it will be easily available online in different languages for the target groups and other interested stakeholders across the Europe.

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
Erasmus + Cooperation partnerships in adult education: 2022-1-FI01-KA220-ADU-000086171.
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