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Prevention of HIV infection and other STIs and improving the overall health of the population at particular risk in the territory of Sandzak

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The goal of education was to increase the availability and quality of services in health care, by improving general and specific knowledge of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases among health care workers, primarily on the territory of the Sandzak region and to train young activists from at least three different NGOs on HIV and other STD infections, the risk behaviour of youth and other vulnerable groups through two-day training.

During 2013, we have conducted five one-day trainings for health professionals. Although, in the earlier period, we have conducted similar trainings around Serbia, this region was not included before. It was planned that 100 health workers attend training on HIV and other STIs, to improve their knowledge and change attitudes towards people belonging vulnerable groups. 119 health workers passed through education and all of them expressed satisfaction about participation in the training. Pre and post-tests of knowledge showed that participation in the training resulted in significant increase of knowledge. Healthcare professionals of all profiles were invited to participate in trainings. Doctors of different specializations, dentists and general practitioners were the most present. The training has been accredited by Medical Council of Serbia and brought 6 points to participants.

In September 2014, two trainings for young activists were held. The content of the training covered basic topics on HIV and STIs, reducing stigma and discrimination, as well as the recognition of vulnerable people for HIV infection and STI. Through this education, apart from gaining knowledge related to risk behaviour, young activists learned how to provide support to vulnerable people in order to prevent the emergence of diseases and promote healthy lifestyles. The number of participants was 40. Participants of both training events were reached through the contacts with local NGOs and coordinators of Offices for Youth from Tutin, Sjenica and Novi Pazar.

Project duration: 2013 – 2014

United Nations Population Fund – UNFPA

Contact person: Biljana Petrović (bpetrovic@ian.org.rs)

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