Variety and vulnerability of groups

Over the last few decades, as in many other countries in the world, the Dutch population has undergone considerable changes due to increasing (im)migration around the globe. However, sexual health often thought to be ‘typically Dutch’ is not evenly divided among the population as a whole.

Immigrant groups

Adequate healthcare for immigrant groups needs to be tailored to specific needs, be utterly culturally sensitive, and often needs to be delivered in various ways and in other languages other than Dutch.

Moreover, below-average knowledge of sexual health and negative attitudes to sex  provide a challenge among immigrant groups. Because of this and other factors, and evidence has substantiated this, immigrant groups’ needs in sexual and reproductive health are less well met than among the indigenous population. These differences are to a large extent explained by relatively low educational levels among immigrant groups.

Vulnerable groups

The lower-educated population of Dutch origin is also more at risk of ill health and more in need of adequate healthcare response. Other vulnerable groups are, for instance, the chronically ill and disabled. Clearly, sexual health often thought to be ‘typically Dutch’ is not evenly divided among the population as a whole.