Eastern Europe and Central Asia
KYRGYZSTAN - THIS ORGANISATION HAS REQUESTED TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS
This project will end in March 2018
Sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people are of high importance in the central Asian country of the Kyrgyz Republic as there are a high levels of unplanned pregnancy, unsafe abortions, STDs as well as suicides associated with sexual and reproductive health issues. In addition, the high cost of contraception leads to very low levels of sexual and reproductive health in the country.
Working in the Uzgen district of the Osh oblast the organisation is providing informing to young people in new pilot schools. Trained social teachers are using a training module on sex education of teens approved by the Ministry of Health. Outreach workers are also educating women in rural areas in nine new villages and women in need of care are being referred to the organisation’s clinics where they are able to access safe comprehensive abortion care and post-abortion contraception.
MOLDOVA - REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH TRAINING CENTRE (RHTC)
Focussing on the lack of access to contraceptive commodities in the Transnistria region of Molova, the Reproductive Health Training Center are building on the successes of previous SAAF funding to improve the quality of post-abortion care, consisting of good counselling on family planning and provision of modern contraceptives. They are also training providers, building linkages to get access to contraceptive commodities and also working with community members to increase knowledge of contraception in the general public.
TAJIKISTAN - TAJIK FAMILY PLANNING ALLIANCE (TFPA)
Tajikistan is the poorest country in central Asia, with 32% of its population living in poverty. Access to affordable safe abortion for poor, vulnerable and hard-to-reach women and girls is limited and is worsening due to the economic crisis. Limited governmental financial support and a retreat of donors mean that organisations need to find more sustainable ways to ensure that they can continue to provide care free-of-charge to women in need.
TFPA will re-open its clinic in Dushanbe to introduce a cross-subsidization scheme with financial and in-kind support that is guaranteed until 2022 through a trilateral agreement with UNFPA and the ministry of health. The clinic will provide safe quality contraceptive and abortion care to a planned 9,000 women and girls free of charge during the three years of the project. Part of the project will also be aimed at advocating for an update to Tajikistan’s safe abortion protocol and sustainable funding for safe abortion from the government.