Moldovan teenagers will have increased access to voluntary counseling and testing services for HIV
Nearly 75 specialists from Youth Friendly Health Centers, Centers of Family Doctors and NGO-s working with vulnerable adolescents from Moldova will be trained during September-October 2013 on HIV counseling and testing of adolescents and young people. A number of four training sessions on this topic are organized by "Youth for the Right to Live" Association from Balti („Tinerii pentru Dreptul la Viaţă) within a regional UNICEF project funded by European Union “Strengthening capacity of non-state actors for HIV testing and counseling of most at risk adolescents and young people”.
The first training on counselling and HIV testing of adolescents including most at risk and vulnerable adolescents was held from 11 to 14 September in Chisinau involving 14 specialists from Chisinau, Ungheni, Cahul, Floreşti and Tiraspol. The purpose of the training is to enhance the knowledge and skills of proffessionals working with vulnerable adolescents to provide quality and friendly services in counseling and HIV testing.
The participants attending the first training highly appreciated the quality of learning and noted the importance of such activities. "I was delighted to attend the event, the trainers are very good experts in the field. Role plays and case studies practiced and analyzed during the training were very important for our daily work", mentioned one of the participants . "During this training I realized that adolescents require special attitude and practice. The way to actually succeed in working with them is having more specialized training.
Now I am better prepared to talk to young people and help them adress their health and behaviour related problems", added another participant.
The regional project “Strengthening capacity of non-state actors for HIV testing and counseling of most at risk adolescents and young people” is implemented by UNICEF with financial support from the European Union. The project is implemented in five countries of the CEE/CIS region, including Moldova between April 2013 and December 2014.