Public Defence: Belén Provenzano-Castro

MD Belén Provenzano-Castro at Institute of Clinical Medicine will be defending the thesis “Knowledge and attitude towards sexual and reproductive health and rights. A study of first- and final-year healthcare students of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina” for the degree of PhD (Philosophiae Doctor).

Foto: Luis Sebastian Fusaro

Trial Lecture – time and place

See Trial Lecture.

Adjudication committee

  • 1st opponent: Professor Ruta Nadisauskiene, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
  • 2nd Second opponent: Researcher Joar Svanemyr, University of Bergen
  • 3rd member and chair of the evaluation committee: Professor Emeritus Borghild Barth-Heyerdahl Roald, University of Oslo

Chair of the Defence

Professor Emeritus Grete Botten

Principal Supervisor

Professor Emeritus Babill Stray-Pedersen,


Providing sexual and reproductive healthcare services of high quality is one of the keys to improving people’s health, especially women and adolescents and, thus, to reducing mortality and maternal morbidity. Medical doctors, midwives and nurses have a key role providing information, education and access to SRH services for the population.

The thesis “Knowledge and Attitude towards Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Rights- A Study of First and Final Year Healthcare Students of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina” aimed to assess what students learn about SRH and rights at the School of Medicine. Self-administered, anonymous questionnaires were administered to 1,489 first and final-year students from different fields between 2011 and 2013.

The results revealed important gaps and deficiencies in knowledge in core topics of SRH care among soon-to-be healthcare providers, which could raise serious barriers to health and rights for the population. There is an urgent need to improve SRH care education.

Additional information

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Published Mar. 5, 2019 1:27 PM - Last modified Mar. 6, 2019 3:31 PM