Forums in HDh. Atoll on unsafe abortion & Sexual and Reproductive Health

NARRATIVE REPORT

The activity was held in HDh. Neykurendhoo from 3 – 5 March 2011 and was jointly organized by SHE and Association for Neykurendhoo Development (AND), a CBO based in Neykurendhoo. In this trip, information sessions were conducted on topics of unsafe abortion, Family Planning, HIV/STIs and Parenting. A brief session on drug abuse was also conducted for the Male participants. Participation was opened for all interested participants above the age of 18. A total of 202 participants were reached from this trip; i.e. 167 Females and 35 Males. Information was provided via Power Point Presentations, Group discussions, informative games and distribution of other IEC materials.

1.     Activity Details

                               I.            Travelling

At first, the team took a local flight from Hulhule’ to HDh. Hanimaadhoo as a direct flight to Neykurendhoo was not available. Transfer to Neykurendhoo from Hanimaadhoo was arranged via launch. The flight to Hanimaadhoo departed without any delays and traveled on schedule. The flight took about 55 minutes to travel to Hanimaadhoo. As the launch was ready for departure from Hanimaadhoo on arrival of SHE team, we were able to leave to Neykurendhoo without any delays. It took around 1 hour to reach Neykurendhoo.

                             II.            Food and Accommodation

Food and accommodation for the trip was arranged by Association for Neykurendhoo Development. The meal times during the trip was communicated with ‘AND’ prior to traveling and it was arranged accordingly.

Members of ‘AND’ were at the jetty of Neykurendhoo to receive the team of SHE on arrival to the island. The accommodation arrangements were made well and all team members were comfortable with it. The team stayed in one house at first but due to a problem with one room, two of the team members were moved to another house. However, this did not cause any difficulties for the team in communicating with each other or meeting up for sessions or meals.

                          III.            Sessions

A total of 8 sessions were conducted and each session had a duration of 4 hours. The participants were divided into groups according to age and gender-i.e. under 30 female and Male groups and above 30 female and Male groups.

Before the sessions began, each group was given a brief introduction on how the session would go. After this, the group was given some time to introduce themselves. The time allocated for each topic was as follows.

Unsafe Abortion: 30 minutes

Family Planning: 30 minutes

HIV/STIs: 1 hour

Parenting: 1 hour

For each group, a short refreshment break of 15 minutes was given.

Session on unsafe abortion

The sessions on unsafe abortion was facilitated by Aishath Rameela and Nashidha Sobry from the Sexual and Reproductive Health Services of SHE. In these sessions, with the help of a Power Point Presentation, the participants were given information on what unsafe abortion was and the consequences of having an unsafe abortion. They were also shared some statistics on unsafe abortion around the world.

Session on Family Planning

Nashidha Sobry and Aishath Rameela from the Sexual and Reproductive Health Services of SHE were the facilitators for the sessions on Family Planning. With the help of a Power Point Presentation, the participants were provided information on the different family planning methods available such as Birth Control pills, IUD and condoms. They were also provided information on how these methods can be used. The participants did ask facilitators questions they had, for example, if they could stop using an FP method like IUD when ever they want and how some methods like tubal ligation work in preventing a pregnancy.

Session on HIV/STI

The sessions on HIV/STIs were facilitated by Abdul Hameed from the Center for Community Health and Disease Control. In these sessions, information was provided to the participants via Power Point Presentations on what HIV/STIs were and how they can be spread. An activity was done to provide information to the participants on ways HIV can and cannot be spread. A hand shake activity was played to explain the network of how HIV can be spread. Apart from this, ways to prevent transmission of HIV was also discussed. Group discussions were done to explain to the participants how an STI can be spread and how to recognize an STI if there were any symptoms. The participants enjoyed the session a lot.

Session on Parenting

The session on parenting was conducted by Thoma Abdul Samad from the Counseling and Psychosocial services of SHE. In this session, group work and group discussions were done on what are the things that a parent or child would want from his/her parent or child. Using this information, discussions were made on how each of the factors could affect the parenting decisions made.

Session on Drug Abuse

A brief session on drug abuse was done for the male participants. This session was facilitated by Abdul Hameed from Centre for Community Health and Disease Control. Information was provided to the participants on the negative effects different drugs could have on the health of the drug abuser. They were also explained the risks of drug abuse, for example, the spread of HIV and Hepatitis through injecting drug users. They were also explained things that can be done to prevent drug abuse in the society and how to keep the attitude toward drug abusers.

At the end of the final session for each group, the participants were given a HIV CD as a gift for participating in the sessions and as an incentive for participating in future sessions like these.

Apart from the group sessions, opportunity was provided for individuals and couples who wanted to have a separate consultation with the facilitators.

2.     Recommendations/ Feedback

Following are the feedback received from the sessions.

No. of participants: 83 Female and 17 Male

How useful was the information presented:

 Topic Very useful Somewhat useful Not useful
HIV 183 4 4
STIs 180 8 8
Unsafe Abortion 179 4 8
Family Planning 185 2 4
Parenting 182 2 7

 How well was the session conducted?

Very good Somewhat good Not good Not answered
57% 6% 3% 34%

 If given the chance would you participate in a similar session?

Yes No Not answered
85% 1% 14%

 Comments by Participants

  • Have more sessions like these in future
  • Have sessions more relevant for the group and have sessions at times more convenient for the participants
  • Increase the time of the sessions
  • Include more topics and activities in the sessions
  • Provide a longer break time
  • Arrange sessions where participants of same age is in the same group

 Constraints:

  • The hall where the sessions were conducted was not very suitable for the job
  • Male participation in the session was very less

Recommendations

  • Discuss with the organizers from the island to find out whether there is any extra topic that they would like to discuss
  • Distribute flyers within the target groups and use posters and other advertisement materials to create awareness and interest among the target on the event.
  • Inform media about the event before and after the event is conducted

 3.     Annexes

                               I.            Team List

Name Department Task(s) Allocated
Project Coordinator Aishath Nuzuha Programme  Coordinator
Project Assistant Imaan Mohamed Programme
Team Member Aishath Rameela SRH  Facilitator
Team Member Nashidha Sobry SRH  Facilitator
Team Member Thoma Abdul Samad Counseling & psychosocial services  Facilitator
Team Member Abdul Hameed  Facilitator

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

No

Detail

Allocated Budget in APB 2010 (MRF)

Estimated Budget (MRF)

Actual (MRF)

Variance (MRF)

Reasons for Variance

SHE

IPPF

Other

1

Gyn Doct/FP doctor

1000.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

2

Air Travel

7500.00

10140.00

00.00

11140.00

00.00

-1000.00

3

Launch hire

5000.00

3500.00

00.00

3200.00

00.00

+300.00

4

Taxi, ferry, pick-up hire

00.00

1000.00

00.00

220.00

00.00

+780.00

5

Board and Lodging

2520.00

3900.00

00.00

242.00

3725.00

-67.00

6

Refreshments for participants

5000.00

6257.00

00.00

3608.00

00.00

+2649.00

8

Hall rent

00.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

9

Material development

00.00

1000.00

00.00

46.50

00.00

+953.50

10

Stationeries

1300.00

500.00

00.00

225.00

00.00

+275.00

11

Misc expenses

3000.00

00.00

00.00

50.00

00.00

-50.00

Hired 1 labor to carry boxes to hulhule’ ferry terminal
Total

25320.00

26297.00

00.00

18731.5

3725.00

+3840.50

 

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