Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Kofiloko single mothers learn Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)

The Sistas Savve training has ended already. The single mothers from Kofiloko have indeed learned a lot of issues that can affect their lives as women and mothers and also issues that can help them overcome challenges in life as single parents in a rural - urban setting. This is an update on what they have done in the third week of training.

The single mothers learned topics which include sexually transmitted infections and HIV, safer sex, teenage pregnancy, unwanted pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy. They also learned about family planning, preconception care and healthy pregnancies. Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association (SIPPA), one of the partners in the Sistas Savve project, is the only NGO that has a sexual reproductive health (SRH) clinic in the country and the head of clinic delivered the training for all the topics on sexual reproductive health and rights.

Most of the topics are new to the participants and it has been a journey of excitement for them as they went through each one, discovering new ideas and in the process learning more about themselves. Many of these single mothers have limited education, and have never had the chance before to learn about sexual reproductive health and rights.

There have been a lot of giggles as sexual reproductive health is a very sensitive issue in our society. However, a big thumbs up for the facilitator for delivering such sensitive issues with understanding and humor. 

One participant stated that now she knows how to "not have babies". Another one said it is the first time for her to know about the menstrual cycle. All the participants said that SRH is one of the most interesting topic they have learned.

After learning about SRH in the morning part, the girls learned how to make banana chips, and cordial from the fresh fruits which we have. And the banana chips they made are yummy and crispy. This skill can help them earn money if they want to make and sell banana chips.

Sistas Savve is interested in knowing other recipes for cordials which use tropical fruits.

Participants discussing contraceptive methods with the head of clinic nurse

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