The following success stories highlight just a few
RFHI activities and successes achieved thus far:
Take Care Not To Get Burned! Summer Campaign
One of the goals of the Romanian Family Health Initiative (RFHI) was to empower young people to take control of their reproductive health. A captive audience presented itself along Romania's Black Sea coast, where, during the summer months, resort towns are overrun with vacationers who bask in the sun, enjoy restaurants and cafes, and dance at discos until dawn...
How "True Women" Brought Truth to the Surface
A teenager wondered if she wanted to have sex with her boyfriend, a mother of two resisted her husband's wish to terminate her current pregnancy, and the sexual escapades of a group of co-workers were chronicled. When the Romanian Family Health Initiative (RFHI) aired "True Women" —a mini-series that expertly wove reproductive health messages into a dramatic.....
Fighting Avian Flu with Puppets
When H5N1, the virus that causes avian influenza, was identified in Romania in late 2005, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) was one of the first to do something about it. The quick and effective efforts of USAID/Romania and its partners, which included the Romanian Ministry of Health, helped to prevent any cases of H5N1 infection in humans to date....
Decentralizing Made Possible with District Commissions for Women, Child and Family Health (DCWCFH)
In the year 2000, more than half of the 321, 000 inhabitants of the district of Calarasi lived below poverty level and, therefore, qualified for free health care services. However, when a woman needed a family planning (FP) consultation or contraceptives, there was only one medical facility that provided the services....
V-Day is a movement to stop violence against women and girls. Observed on or near February 14th, Valentine's Day, it is an occasion on which theatrical and artistic events are presented in 1,000 cities around the world to raise money and increase awareness about domestic violence.
In 2002, JSI and partner East European Institute for Reproductive Health (EEIRH) began organizing ....
Romania's Family Planning Success Goes Forward
After the fall of the communist regime in 1989, Romania was hailed worldwide for its success in making family planning (FP) services widely available. Yet the country still lacked standardized FP pre-service (medical school) training for medical doctors. Collaboration between Romanian medical school professors, OB/GYNs, family planning trainers/doctors, and contraceptive advocate...
HIV, AIDS and STI Prevention:
Voluntary Counseling and Testing Centers in Romania
Adriana was a young college student majoring in psychology and working at a voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) center run by the Romanian Association Against AIDS (ARAS), a partner of the Romanian Family Health Initiative (RFHI). While, like any other college student, Adriana had concerns about...
Romanian Family Health Initiative Encourages Media to Discuss Modern Contraception as "A Daily Subject"
The Romanian Family Health Initiative’s (RFHI) partner, Population Services International (PSI) Romania, developed and implemented “Un Subiect Codian” (A Daily Subject) media campaign to increase the quality and quantity of media articles on hormonal contraception...
Promoting Informed Choices for Women Regarding Reproductive Health
In September 2002, Population Services International (PSI) Romania, a health care product social marketing organization and partner of the Romanian Family Health Initiative (RFHI), began a series of educational workshops for women. The purpose of the workshops was to inform women between the ages of 17 and 40 about the types of contraceptive methods available, and encourage them to...
Educated Women Change for the Better
Dr. Paul Sevastian Dandu has been a family doctor for 10 years in Sacele municipality of Romania. He has approximately 1,800 patients, half of whom are of Roma ethnicity and come from Gircini, one of the biggest and poorest communities in Sacele. Dr. Dandu is one of the few primary healthcare providers in this is poor and overcrowded area...
HIV-positive with a Life-affirming Message to Share
Alin shares with the Romanian masses what is often difficult for him to share with close friends: his HIV-positive status. As a contestant in a photo contest 'The World Through my Eyes' for HIV-positive youth funded by USAID and implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., and UNOPA (National Union of Organizations of People Affected/Infected by HIV and AIDS), Alin found a voice with...
Pascalau Marinela was a forty-year-old woman who lived, with her three children and unemployed husband, in a remote rural area of Poieni Romania. Their home had no electricity or running water, and was a five-kilometer walk down winding mountainside paths to Tranis, the closest village. Throughout Romania, rural communities lack access to up-to-date basic health information...
A Family Doctor gets Trained in Family Planning
Dr. Andor Gheorghe-Relu stood with his wife, a nurse and fellow health care provider, welcoming visitors into the entrance hall of their rural family practice in Holod, Romania. With them were three colleagues; two nurses and Violeta Bacrau, a Roma health mediator. The small, neat rooms of the clinic were decorated with posters advertising free contraceptives and other health promotion messages,...
Making History in Romania: Establishment of a Contraceptive Logistics System
Ensuring Contraceptive Availability in Romania
Surviving the Streets: Street Children Become Role Models in Romania
Bringing Public Attention to Breast Cancer: Social Diagnosis Center of Renasterea
Addressing Domestic Violence through Collaboration
Reaching Rural Communities: Health Discussions Inform and Empower Romanian Families
How Donor Coordination Immediately Brought Family Planning Services to 55 Communities
V-Day Romania: Stopping Violence Against Women
Establishing a Connection between Reproductive Health Services and the Roma Community: Training Roma Family Planning Promoters in Botosani District
Love Plus Police Academy at the Black Sea
Without a House But Not Without Hope: Reaching the Street "Children" of Bucharest
The Collaborative Development of a National AIDS Campaign
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