Public debates in the framework of the Regional Campaign “Youth Voice” were launched
28 July 2015

More than 3,000 young people from 37 Moldovan towns and villages send a postcard in the framework of the Campaign with their answer to the question “Why the youth should be a priority for the Government?”. “Their answers were analysed and systematised and, as a result, several problems were identified, especially in the area of health, education, employment, discrimination, environment, but also the solutions they propose to the Government of the Republic of Moldova for addressing these problems”, explained Constantin Cearanovski, President of the “Generatia cu intitiativa” Association.

In order to validate the young people’s proposals and to present them to the Government 5 public debates are organised on specific topics – health (28 July 2015), education (31 July 2015), non-discrimination (4 August 2015), employment and volunteering (7 August 2015) and environment  (11 August 2015), with the participation of young people, experts, but also decision-makers.

Deputy Representative ad interim of the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA Moldova Natalia Cojohari underlined that the Campaign came to complement the global and national efforts aiming at consulting the population on the sustainable development goals which would be adopted during the UN Summit in New-York on 25-27 September 2015, where the Moldovan Government will participate.

The first round of debates was organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Moldova and was dedicated to the youth health, including the sexual and reproductive health and to the access to youth-friendly health services.

The statistical data show the existence of problems related to the youth health, especially in the area of sexual and reproductive health. Only 49% of girls and 68% of boys aged between 15 and 24 who had had sexual relations with one or more partners during the last 12 months declared that they used the preservative. 36% of women and 28% of men aged between 15 and 24 have complete knowledge regarding the ways of transmission of AIDS. The rate of AIDS positive persons aged between 15 and 24 increased from 10.38% in 2000 to 21.28% in 2012 for each 100.000 inhabitants.

Despite of the fact that the Moldovan legislation regarding the reproductive health foresees it, the sexual and reproductive health discipline is not a part of the school mandatory curricula.

Among the identified by young people problems are the quality and accessibility of the medical services, especially in the rural areas, the lack of trust in doctors, and the lack of objective information and knowledge about their health and youth-friendly health centres.

The participants at the debates analysed the possible solutions which are due to be proposed to the Government of the Republic of Moldova:

  • the young people to have access to the necessary information regarding their health, inclusively the sexual reproductive health, and to the youth-friendly health services;
  • mandatory sexual-reproductive training to be included in the school curricula adapted to the age and necessities of the pupils. The young people will be prepared and informed, as well as understand the personal responsibility regarding their health;
  • modern technologies to be supplied to the use of the medical facilities, especially in the rural area;
  • the investments into the You-Friendly Health Centres to be continued aiming to inform the young people, but also ensuring the medical and psychological assistance.

Nicolae Jelamschi, State Secretary, Ministry of Health, declared that there are 37 youth-friendly health centres in the Republic of Moldova which are offering free of charge health services for the young people and the Ministry guaranteed that it will continue to offer support for those centres.

Rodica Catareu, Youth Department, Ministry of Youth and Sports, underlined the support for this kind of public debates which ensured the youth engagement in planning and monitoring of the public policies which impact their health and wellbeing.

The validated in the framework of the public discussions proposals will be included in the Youth Declaration and will be presented to the Government of the Republic of Moldova in order to include the youth as a country priority during the UN Summit in New-York on 25-27 September 2015.

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The Regional Campaign “Youth Voice – Decide the future development goals!” is supported by the UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund and is organised in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Moldova and youth organisations. The Campaign takes place simultaneously in 20 countries of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia and aims gathering young people’s opinion regarding the problems they encounter and the possible solutions. “Generatia cu initiativa” Association is the coordinator of the Regional Campaign in the Republic of Moldova. The Campaign will end in September 2015.

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