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Itodo Adakpa

PhD Student

Itodo AdakpaCourse Start: October 2013
Supervisor: Professor Gurch Randhawa
Second Supervisor: Associate Professor  Bertha Ochieng

Thesis Title

Promoting reproductive and sexual health among 16-25 years old: examining the roles of community-based organisations and NHS in West Yorkshire.


Young people are becoming more sexually active and can form relationships very early in their life, most often engaging in sexual risk taking. This eventually leads to high rate of conception and incidence of sexually transmitted infection (STIs). Studies showed that young people especially those at risk of STIs and unplanned pregnancy are the least likely to access main stream clinics offering reproductive and sexual health services. This research study aims to examine how community-based organisations design and implement reproductive and sexual health promotion to young people of ages 16 – 25 years old. The research study sites included three community-based organisations and two GP Practices in West Yorkshire.

Research Question

What factors contributed to how community based organisation and the NHS designed and implemented reproductive and sexual promotion programmes to young people of 16 – 25 years old.


The research study adopted a pragmatic philosophy utilising mixed methods case study. Qualitative data consisted of documentary evidence and semi-structured interviews to explore the views and experiences of service providers in relation to service delivery. This will be supplemented with quantitative data that utilised questionnaires to examine the behaviour, attitude and feedback from those taking part in reproductive and sexual health promotion programmes.


The people interviewed observed that the reproductive and sexual health service provided at outreach settings are reaching out to those who are disadvantaged and hard to reach. This afforded young people the opportunity to access chlamydia screenings as a first easy step to accessing other services. They also suggested that sexual health clinics should be readily available to young people and those who need it across accessible location with opening time tailored to cater to the needs of all. Findings from the quantitative data indicated that female young people preferred to attend reproductive and sexual health services at clinical locations whereas boys preferred outreach and community locations. Similarly, young people would attend reproductive and sexual health services if they are assured it would be discrete, private and confidential.

About Me

I graduated with a first degree in Microbiology from the University of Jos. This was followed by M.Sc. in Environment, Health and Safety from the University of Sunderland with a research project that explored the Carbon foot prints associated with the manufacturing of paper packaging.

I am currently undertaking a PhD research which is examining the roles of community-based organisations and the NHS in promoting reproductive and sexual health of 16-25 years old in West Yorkshire.

My research interest lies within mixed methods research and sought to utilise clinical data to examine health conditions of the population and qualitative data especially to explore their lived experiences.

Contact Information

T: +44 (0)1582 743797
E: itodo.adakpa@study.beds.ac.uk

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