GEORGIA / YOUTH SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

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The UN Population Fund supported the recent opening of the 19th Youth Friendly Reproduction Health Centre in Georgia designed to meet the needs of young people all across the country. A UN high-level meeting on youth will take place in New York on Monday (25 July). UNFPA

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STORY: GEORGIA / YOUTH SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
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SOURCE: UNFPA
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DATELINE: 15 JULY 2011, TBILISI, GEORGIA

SHOTLIST:

1. Med shot, cutting ribbon at opening of Youth Friendly Reproductive Health Center
2. Med shot, inside newly opened Center
3. Various shots, UNFPA and Health Center staff touring new facility
4. SOUNDBITE (Georgian) Lali Gujabidze, Director, Health Centre:
“People are getting married younger, and fifty percent of women are giving birth before they are 24, so it’s very important to prepare young people before they start their families.”
5. Med shot, signing ceremony between Health Centre and UNFPA Georgia
6. Various shots, State Medical Campus adjoining new Reproductive Health Center
7. Various shots, film discussion group in campus building
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Tamar Khomasuridze, Assistant Representative, United Nations Population Fund, Georgia:
“So, location; quality; accessibility; friendliness of staff, it means a lot for youth.”
9. Various shots, Youth Friendly Reproductive Health Centre in University campus building, Gori
10. Various shots, discussion group inside Youth Friendly Health Center
11. Cutaway, leaflet on sexual and reproductive health
12. SOUNDBITE (Georgian) Archil Jolashvili, Youth Peer Educator:
“The numbers of students has grown steadily since we opened. They don’t come just because they have problems, they are coming for information because they can now trust us.”
13. Med shot, door closing on consultation room in Center
14. Various shots, confidential consultation with client
15. Various shots, confidential blood test on client
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Tamar Khomasuridze, Assistant Representative, United Nations Population Fund, Georgia:
“From point of view of customers of the service, young people, these services are free of charge, and they can get all services, information, in one place.”
17. Wide shot, ancient fort in center of Gori town
18. Wide shot, fort and traffic foreground
19. Med shot, street
20. Various shots, telephoto rack and displaced people new housing
21. SOUNDBITE (Georgian) Ekaterine Sukhishvili, Center Director:
“Because of the conflict, there are many vulnerable people, including youths, who need access to our services, coming to the Centre and being helped by our outreach programme.”
22. SOUNDBITE (English) Tamar Khomasuridze, Assistant Representative, United Nations Population Fund, Georgia:
“I think one of the main challenge we faced during last years was the political situation and conflicts in the region. I think these conflicts are main obstacles for youth development.”
23. Wide shot, huts at summer camp
24. Various shots, adolescents attending at annual summer camps
25. SOUNDBITE (Georgian) Beka Berikashvili, Youth Peer Educator:
“After the session they come to us, and asking many questions. And then we have contact with them on facebook, on Skype etcetera, and we have the ability to give them as much information as they want.”
26. Various shots, youth peer educators group
27. Various shots, discussion session at Youth Friendly Reproductive Health Center at Gori

STORYLINE:

In advance of the UN high-level meeting on youth on 25 July, the UN Population Fund supports the opening of the 19th Youth Friendly Reproduction Health Centre in Georgia designed to meet the needs of young people all across the country.

These centers provide a range of information on reproductive health issues, youth-friendly counseling and free testing for pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

This particular centre in Tbilisi has been strategically located near a State Medical Campus, which also benefits from other UNFPA supported programmes aimed at youth education on reproductive health issues. This film discussion group, for example, is designed to help students understand the global spread of HIV.

In the town of Gori, attached to its University, this Centre has been running for some time, building up a trusting relationship with the young people it serves.

As well as providing strictly confidential counseling, the location of these centres in existing medical facilities, means easy access to a range of medical tests and services.

It is a pioneering approach which has won recognition from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The town of Gori was on the front line of the 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia, and is now home to large communities of displaced people, who have also come to rely upon the Centre.

Summer months and summer camps provide important opportunities for reaching the young.

Since 2005, sexual and reproductive health sessions organized by UNFPA-trained peer educators, have reached thousands of adolescents.
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