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Key Partners

Asociatia Romana Anti-SIDA (Romanian Anti-AIDS Association)
ARAS is a Romanian NGO dedicated to HIV prevention and addressing the health and social needs of HIV-infected persons. ARAS collaborated with RHFI to implement a peer education and outreach program for Roma communities, homeless youth, injecting drug users, and other vulnerable groups in Bucharest (see RFHI Success Story Surviving the Streets: Street Children Become Role Models in Romania). ARAS's drop-in VCT centers provided client-friendly and supportive environments for HIV testing in Bucharest, Iasi and Constanta. ARAS also trained nurses and maternity staff in HIV/AIDS as part of the RFHI postabortion and postpartum contraception project.

East European Institute of Reproductive Health
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The mission of the East European Institute for Reproductive Health (EEIRH) is to improve the sexual and reproductive health in countries of Eastern Europe. As part of RFHI, EEIRH established pilot sites for postabortion counseling. This intervention capitalized on an important opportunity to increase the rate of contraceptive use among postabortion women. EEIRH also investigated the phenomenon of repeat abortion. In addition to these research initiatives, EEIRH implemented a free hotline that helped women and men to choose a contraceptive method and that dispelled myths and other incorrect information about contraception.

Population Services International/Romania
PSI/Romania works to improve women's ability to make informed contraceptive choices. PSI has reached more than 160,000 women by conducting educational sessions in 957 factories across the country (see RFHI Success Story Factory Sessions Promotes Informed Choices Success Story). PSI contributed to the successful completion of RFHI's 'A Daily Subject' campaign to increase the quality and quantity of media presenting hormonal contraception in a positive way (see RFHI Success Story A Daily Subject). In addition, a television mini-series called "True Women" promoted discussion around reproductive health issue. The mini-series was used as a facilitation tool for interpersonal communication sessions for women and was followed by on-air discussions with guests.

Societatea de Educatie Contraceptiva si Sexuala
The Society for Contraceptive and Sexuality Education (SECS), the leading family planning organization in Romania, was responsible for integrating reproductive health into the primary care setting, one of RFHI's main components. SECS developed a training curriculum, TOT workshops, and used its expertise in family planning promotion, training family doctors around the country to become reproductive health providers in their communities. SECS provide technical assistance to District Public Health Authorities (DPHAs), and Local Coordination Groups (LCGs) of community stakeholders to improve their ability to implement quality reproductive health activities. SECS also implemented trainings in maternities and abortion clinics for nurses and doctors regarding postabortion and postpartum contraception.

Youth for Youth Foundation (YFY)
Youth for Youth (YFY) implemented a life-skills education program in Romanian schools, using trained youth and adult educators to improve reproductive health information and skills and to help establish links between young people and reproductive health services in the community. YFY also coordinated a pilot project on youth-friendly services (see Youth for Youth Study on Youth Friendly Services) to improve motivation and capacity in family planning clinics to offer services that meet the needs of young people. This activity was based on research conducted by YFY on youth expectations of family planning services in Romania.

National Union of the HIV/AIDS Affected People Organizations (UNOPA)
Beginning in 2001, the National Union of Organizations of People Infected/Affected by HIV and AIDS was a key partner of the Romanian Family Health Initiative in the area of fighting discrimination and stigma against PLWA. As a young organization, UNOPA benefited from technical assistance provided by RFHI on organizational development, including internal procedures and standards of operations, program management tools, and the set up of a strategic plan. UNOPA members became active partners in the annual campaigns for World AIDS Day, and ultimately UNOPA took over its organization. Young UNOPA members participated in national photo contests, which provided them with an artistic outlet for making their communities aware of the discrimination and stigma they faced daily.

Center for Health Policies and Services (CHPS)
The CHPS implements domestically and internationally financed projects, and has extensive experience in consulting and providing technical assistance, adult education and ongoing medical education, health and social research, as well as in information, education and communication campaigns. In more than two years of partnership within RFHI, the CHPS developed the training activity of the 'Poor Urban Component' and carried out a research evaluation of the Roma Health Mediator Program in Romania.

Assoiation for the Emancipation of Roma Women (AFER)
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The main goal of the Association for the Emancipation of Roma Women (AFER) is to publicize and protect the rights of Roma women and children in the community, family, and society. This includes educational, social, health, and civic education. The partnership within RFHI was carried out between 2004 and 2007. AFER implemented 2 pilot projects:
1. "Be Aware about Your Life Project," a school-based health education intervention aimed at increasing awareness and knowledge about health among Roma children from Cluj district, and
2. "Innovative models for Roma health mediators in the Roma communities of two districts," aimed at improving the reproductive health status of Roma women in 26 rural communities of Cluj and Sälaj districts.

Romanian Cancer Society (RCS)
The Romanian Cancer Society (RCS) works to ensure access to information, education and programs for the prevention and early detection of cancer. RCS also works to reduce mortality and morbidity rates and to finding relief for the suffering caused by cancer. RCS and RFHI's partnership was carried out between 2003 and 2006 in four Romanian districts (Cluj, Sälaj, Satu Mare, and Bistrita Nasaud). RCS was involved in implementing prevention and early detection programs for cervical and breast cancer. Efforts included collecting Pap-smear tests for marginalized populations, setting up initiative groups in rural communities, training medical personnel in rural areas, and counseling services for patients that were diagnosed with cancer.

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ACCEPT Association

EC Delegation in Romania

John Snow, Inc. (JSI)

Government of Romania

National School of Public Health and Health Services Management (NSPHHSM)

Renasterea Foundation

Roma Center for Social Interventions and Studies (Romani CRISS)
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Romanian Ministry of Education and Research

Romanian Ministry of Health (MOH)

Romanian Ministry of Labor, Family and Equal Opportunities (MLFEO)

United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS)

United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

United States Agency for International Development – Romania (USAID)

World Bank Romania Country Office

World Health Organization (WHO)

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