Section 1Bringing people together
for reproductive freedom
Section 2Pathways to health,
safety and gender equality
Section 3Recommendations to
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Roma community members, local NGOs, community nurses and health mediators have integrated sexual and reproductive health and rights issues – a new area for many - into their work and activities.
They have promoted healthcare services, and referred and accompanied women and girls to them.
For example, in Serbia, health mediators increased access to care by accompanying small groups of five women and girls to a local primary health care centre.
Meanwhile, service providers in primary health care clinics across the country have been formally trained on how to provide non-discriminatory contraceptive counselling and services.
In many cases, local actors and doctors have worked together for the first time. Doctors have been successfully encouraged to visit local communities to provide care, counselling and relationship and sexuality education (RSE), and our partners have reported an increase in trust among community members towards the doctors who visited their neighbourhoods.
Primary health care centres and family planning doctors in Bulgaria and Serbia have reported an increase in visits by Roma women and girls.Read testimonials