Sexual and Reproductive Health Education among Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian (RAE) Communities in Kosovo
ESC Congress Library. Maxhuni B. 05/28/14; 50497; A-081
Dr. Bajram Maxhuni
Dr. Bajram Maxhuni
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Poster presentation:


 
1. Objectives


 Roma, Ashkalia, and Egyptian coomunities are among the most vulnerable population in Kosovo that live in extreme poverty with poor nutrition and limited access to health care services. UNFPA in Kosovo in close collaboration with MoH since 2008 has focused its efforts towards improving RAE community practices in the area of sexual and reproductive health and to strengthen demand for SRH services through different activities, including community educational activities, theatre based activities and social mobilization campaigns.


Activities are facilitated by youth RAE trainers and volunteers and target RAE women and men of reproductive age.


Objective of the programe is increased utilization of SRH services, with focus on modern FP methods among disadvantaged RAE communities.



2. Method 


Local RAE NGO implemented community education sessions, and outreach activities, during which following topics were covered: normal physiological development, menstrual cycle, puberty, reproductive rights, sexual and reproductive health including: adolescent pregnancy, family planning and usage of modern contraceptive methods, STI, GBV, personal and community hygiene.


Sessions were implemented by RAE trainers and volunteers, who had undergone ToT training and refresher ToT training by National Institute of Public Health experts.


In total, 4059 RAE community members attended community sessions; Condoms and hygienic packages were distributed for all participants.


Activities covered Fushe Kosovo, Prishtina, Lipjan, Gadime, Magure, Ferizaj, Gjakova, Prizren and Peja municipalities.


 



3. Results


 


During the entire programme (2008-2013):



  • 50 RAE youth have undergone Tot trainings;

  • Over 4,309 RAE community members attended the educational sessions;

  • Over 15,000 RAE community members Participated in different social mobilization small scale campaigns

  • 7 theatre based education plays were prepared and played by RAE youth, facilitated by well-known film director;

  • More than 7,000 condoms were distributed

  • 1000 IEC materials distributed


 


 



4. Conclusions    


 



  • The successful educational activities improved knowledge of RAE communites on SRH issues and better understanding of FP advantages;

  • Implementation of different educational activities at community level by community members, using everyday language and approach is much more culturally accepted and gives better results in raising awareness and behaviour change;

  • Building capacities of youth NGOs and activists in socialy excluded areas greatly contributes to social inclusion;


 


 

Poster presentation:


 
1. Objectives


 Roma, Ashkalia, and Egyptian coomunities are among the most vulnerable population in Kosovo that live in extreme poverty with poor nutrition and limited access to health care services. UNFPA in Kosovo in close collaboration with MoH since 2008 has focused its efforts towards improving RAE community practices in the area of sexual and reproductive health and to strengthen demand for SRH services through different activities, including community educational activities, theatre based activities and social mobilization campaigns.


Activities are facilitated by youth RAE trainers and volunteers and target RAE women and men of reproductive age.


Objective of the programe is increased utilization of SRH services, with focus on modern FP methods among disadvantaged RAE communities.



2. Method 


Local RAE NGO implemented community education sessions, and outreach activities, during which following topics were covered: normal physiological development, menstrual cycle, puberty, reproductive rights, sexual and reproductive health including: adolescent pregnancy, family planning and usage of modern contraceptive methods, STI, GBV, personal and community hygiene.


Sessions were implemented by RAE trainers and volunteers, who had undergone ToT training and refresher ToT training by National Institute of Public Health experts.


In total, 4059 RAE community members attended community sessions; Condoms and hygienic packages were distributed for all participants.


Activities covered Fushe Kosovo, Prishtina, Lipjan, Gadime, Magure, Ferizaj, Gjakova, Prizren and Peja municipalities.


 



3. Results


 


During the entire programme (2008-2013):



  • 50 RAE youth have undergone Tot trainings;

  • Over 4,309 RAE community members attended the educational sessions;

  • Over 15,000 RAE community members Participated in different social mobilization small scale campaigns

  • 7 theatre based education plays were prepared and played by RAE youth, facilitated by well-known film director;

  • More than 7,000 condoms were distributed

  • 1000 IEC materials distributed


 


 



4. Conclusions    


 



  • The successful educational activities improved knowledge of RAE communites on SRH issues and better understanding of FP advantages;

  • Implementation of different educational activities at community level by community members, using everyday language and approach is much more culturally accepted and gives better results in raising awareness and behaviour change;

  • Building capacities of youth NGOs and activists in socialy excluded areas greatly contributes to social inclusion;


 


 

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