Section 1Bringing people together
for reproductive freedom
Section 2Pathways to health,
safety and gender equality
Section 3Recommendations to
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Attitudes to modern contraception among Roma people have become more positive.
Trained Roma community members have been supported by local project coordinators, health mediators and doctors to raise awareness about family planning and maternal and child health.
By forming self-support groups, they have built trust among their peers and informed them of the benefits of contraceptive care and of regular medical check-ups, reaching almost 30,000 people through home visits, information sessions, informal talks and small campaigns. These volunteers have supported health mediators with referral to healthcare services, and are eager to remain involved in the longer term. Friendships have been built, and social cohesion in the communities has grown stronger.
Awareness-raising and health mediation have made contraceptives more acceptable to people, and the demand for condoms in particular has increased, as well as for intrauterine devices (IUDs) and pills. Our partner in Serbia has recorded an increased reported use of condoms among men and boys, and of contraceptive pills among girls and women aged 16-37.
A mobile app, MYRA, was developed in Romanian, Bulgarian and Serbian, providing accurate information on contraception and other topics such as pregnancy, birth, sexually transmitted infections, sex and relationships. It was designed to work both on and offline.Read testimonials