"At the Youth Friendly Center I found specialists who helped me fight for my own dreams"

UNICEF Moldova, with USAID support, purchased hygiene products for all Youth Friendly Health Centers in the Republic of Moldova

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La CSPT, tinerii beneficiază de susținere pentru soluționarea problemelor lor.
UNICEF Moldova
09 November 2021

How is to look in a mirror and like what you see? It seems like such a simple exercise, but in the opinion of teenagers it is a complicated one, because they are at the age of puberty and transformations. Ana is 15 years old and admits that she was not ready to face these changes. The first signs of acne left scars on her face and soul, scars that aroused her desire to isolate herself from those around her. The fear of being criticized by her peers led the young woman to ask for help.

„That's how I got to the Youth Friendly Health Center „Youth for Youth" in Cimislia. As soon as I stepped on the threshold of the institution, I was referred to a dermatologist, who helped me treat acne. Later, I went to a pediatrician, who was with me in the process of losing weight. In two and a half months, I lost 12 kg. Every inch less proves my desire to have a healthy body", says Ana, with a glimmer of happiness and pride in her eyes.

La CSPT, tinerii beneficiază de susținere pentru soluționarea problemelor lor.
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At the Center, Ana  found support and understanding and specialists who helped her to perceive herself better and to fight for her own dreams. The young woman is convinced that any outstretched helping hand can and must be rewarded. With a smile, a kind word or, why not, through involvement. That's how Ana ended up volunteering at the "Youth for Youth" Center in Cimișlia.

„The center offered me support when I needed it, so I decided to get involved and help other young people who are in the situation I was in"

 

Ana, 15 years old.

„Together with other colleagues, we go through schools and talk to pupils about the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle and respecting personal hygiene" says Ana.

Recently, the young woman went and talked to the 5th grade pupils from Cimislia. She explained to the pupils that “in the context of preventing COVID-19”, they  should wash their hands as often as possible or disinfect them with an alcohol-based solution, after coughing or sneezing, after visiting a public space, including public transport, markets and places of worship, after reaching the areas outside the house, including money ", adds the volunteer.

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Cristina Buțanu, the CSPT psychologist "Youth for Youth" from Cimislia says that the isolation and the pandemic, motivated even more the young people from Cimislia to open the door of the Center  and to ask for help. Recently, there has been a significant increase cases of domestic violence against minors, depression among adolescents due to the lack of parents at home or bullying situations encountered at school.

„These problems also appeared because the parents who went abroad couldn’t return home due to the restrictions. These young people, not having anyone by their side, made the wrong choices for their health and life. Here at the Center, they are helped, but not criticized. From the start, the beneficiary is informed that any minute spent here is confidential. He can feel free, he can ask questions and together with the specialist he can identify solutions ", explains the psychologist.

 

La CSPT, tinerii beneficiază de susținere pentru soluționarea problemelor lor.
UNICEF Moldova

Ana took the first step and this positively changed her life. She is now much more positive and much happier. And when she looks in the mirror, she sees an emotionally balanced young woman, who can't wait to discover new people, activities and horizons, but also to help other young people on her own.

Young people can benefit from the services of Youth Friendly Centers from all over the country. Thanks to the assistance of UNICEF Moldova and the Swiss Agency, with the involvement of the Ministry of Health, the network of Centers today has 41 offices in different cities of the Republic of Moldova. The list can be accessed here: https://www.neovita.md/despre-neovita/reteaua-cspt/

In order to prevent the blockade of the Centers' activity and to continue to support young people from all over the country, during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UNICEF Moldova provided the 41 Youth Friendly Centers with products for personal hygiene, such as: disinfectants, liquid soap, paper towels, disposable medical sheets, menstrual hygiene items, etc.

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The Youth-Friendly Health Center "Youth for Youth" in Cimislia is one of the beneficiaries.

„At the initiative of UNICEF Moldova, our Center opened its doors in 2005 and since then we have benefited from support, so as to provide young people with the highest quality services. We thank USAID and UNICEF for their support in a rather complicated period for the whole society ", underlined Svetlana Moroz, director of CSPT" Youth for Youth" from Cimișlia.

 

Produse de igienă donate cu suportul USAID și UNICEF Moldova, Centrelor de sănătate prietenoase tinerilor din țară
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The donation is made under the „Prevention and Response to COVID-19” Program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by UNICEF Moldova. The project is part of the US $ 2.2 million assistance provided by the US Government, through USAID, to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Moldova.

We remind,  that the first batch of humanitarian aid under the Program, in the form of personal hygiene products, was distributed to the Youth Friendly Health Centers, in August 2020.

Produse de igienă donate cu suportul USAID și UNICEF Moldova, Centrelor de sănătate prietenoase tinerilor din țară
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