Empowering Adolescents through Sexual reproductive health &rights
VIEWS working on improving health especially on Sexual Productive Health and Rights, Menstrual Hygiene Management and HIV/AIDS in rural and urban pockets of Odisha
Capacity Building Workshop for NGOs on SRH in Collaboration with UNFPA
Odisha has made a visible progress in eliminating preventable maternal deaths, gender-based violence, child marriage and use of contraceptives suggested data presented at a consultation on sexual reproductive health and rights organised by United Nations Population Fund here today. As per the statistics, the number of pregnant women in Odisha going for 3 or more Ante Natal Checkup (ANC) doubled between 1991-92 and 2015-16. “While Institutional Deliveries increased by 5 folds in Odisha, Maternal Mortality Ratio reduced by more than half,” shared Dr Deepa Prasad, State Programme Coordinator, UNFPA.
“Many women today have better lives than their mothers and can hope for even more for their daughters. But unfortunately, these gains have not been experienced equally by all,” said Prasad while addressing an audience of adolescents, LGBT, persons with disability and representatives from civil society organisations added Prasad urging the participants to work with ambition and commitment to meet the unfinished goals.
Similarly, the number of girls marrying before the age of 18 years and cases of adolescent pregnancy has reduced by half during the same period said Kumar Manish. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Bimal Prasad Pandia from Oxfam shared how the sexual reproductive health requirements increase during disasters. Similarly, the LGBT community in the state are vulnerable to physical and sexual abuse, social stigma and experience barriers accessing healthcare, informed Mr. Biswa Bhusan Pattnaik.
Dr Samir Kumar Das, Director, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Odisha said that many women in Odisha still struggle with challenges with choice and consent over family planning and family expectations around marriage and child bearing. More 72 participants from various CSOs attended in this consultation meet.
The consultation was organised to discuss 25 years of International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25).
ICPD stands for the International Conference on Population and Development, a 1994 meeting in Cairo where 179 governments adopted a revolutionary Programme of Action and called for women’s reproductive health and rights to take centre stage in national and global development efforts.
COVID 19 AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
VIEWS generated awareness on COVID 19 in rural and urban slums of Bhubaneswar among poor communities.
DISTRICT LEVEL CONSULTATION ON ADOLESCENT FRIENDLY HEALTH CLINIC
To reduce the prevalence of child labor and child marriage among adolescent girls, providing vulnerable girls with educational opportunities, skills training, and the knowledge needed to become empowered members in their communities. VIEWS has facilitated the return of 100 adolescent girls to mainstream education by providing them with learning opportunities, skills training, and the knowledge needed to become empowered members in their communities. 500 youth have been trained to enhance their employability and job opportunities
MENSTRUAL HYGIENE SOLUTIONS
Introduced 1000 women on menstrual hygiene solutions and improved their understanding of reproductive and sexual health including health rights. A low-cost sanitary unit has been set up to help them gain easy access to the product at an affordable rate. The unit has been run by the village women themselves.