Jan 6, 2020

Healthy Women, Healthy families

The project Healthy Women, Healthy Families was implemented during January 2018 – December 2019 in four villages of Kuçova Municipality. Through the project implementation, Diakonia Agapes aimed to screen for cervical cancers and sexually transmitted diseases approximately 800 women living in rural areas of Albania. Also, enabled early treatment as well as encouraged women in the community to value regular screening. During the project implementation were achieved the following results:

  • There were in total 370 gynecological visits and 140 PAP smears conducted during two years in four villages (Tapi village - 126 gynecological visits and 40 Pap-smear; Perondi village - 105 gynecological visits and 40 Pap-smear; Magjatë village 
  • 70 gynecological visits and 24 Pap-Smears; Kozare village - 75 gynecological visits and 28 Pap-smear);
  • 22 % of women screened (85 of them) had candida, 50 % - 60 % of women (200 - 237 of them) had white cells and bacteria a fact that shows the low level of the personal hygiene of women;
  • There were approximately 22 women visited during the 17 days of the visits in the villages; 
  • The visits were conducted at the health centers of the villages. The screenings were provided by a team of two people (a qualified doctor and a lab technician);
  • From 370 women screened approximately 200 of them contacted for the first time the gynecologist;
  • Most of the women found difficult to discuss their sexual issues with the doctor due to the mentality, the long distance from the specialized centers, and lack of the financial possibility to go to the doctor; 
  • Four women were sent for specialized examinations in Tirana after the resutls of PAP smear, who already performed further examinations. 

Another important activity of the project was the establishment of 8 Health Outreach Activists (HOA) group. The groups were composed of 20 - 25 women of different professions such as: nurses, midwives, students, entrepreneurs and teachers. The groups attended three one day workshop focusing on importance of Health Outreach Activist, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Cervical Cancer. The women trained shared information with other women in the community who then conducted the gynecological visit. A brochure was developed and distributed among the women. The awareness sessions increased the level of information related to the topics addressed as well as emphasized the importance for regular screening for STD and Cervical Cancer. 

Diakonia Agapes will continue to support the women and raise funds for the project. We ask you to continue to support us in this effort. 

Sep 18, 2019

Healthy Women, Healthy families

 

 Dear Supporter,

Diakonia Agapes thank you for the support you have given towards our project.

Healthy Women, Healthy Familiesis a project set up by the Diakonia Agapes – the social, development and relief office of the Orthodox Church of Albania.  It is to screen approximately 800 women in rural Albanian areas (Kuçova Municipality) for cervical cancer and sexually transmitted diseases.  

The project has started in November 2017 and is continuing nowadays. During its implementation the project has reached women who live in Perondi, Tapi and Magjat villages part of Kuçova Municipality. In each of the areas was established Health Outreach Activists group composed of women of different professions such as: nurses, midwives, students, entrepreneurs and teachers. The Health Outreach Activists helped to reach other women in the community and served as a link between the health personnel and the women. 

The women have attended health awareness session related to the cervical cancer and sexually transmitted diseases. Gynecological examinationswere conducted in each of the areas by a team of two people (a qualified doctor and a lab technician).  80 % of the women screened have at least one infection and, in some cases, they have a combination of two infections. 16 women out of 89 who did the PAP Smear were send for further examinations in specialized clinics. Conducting the gynecological visit in the areas where the women live has been a great assistance for the women.

Women neglect to do periodical check-up due to the low economical level and the lack of specialized clinics in their areas. Implementation of such activities have encouraged women to seek out medical screenings regularly. Through the project the women are encouraged to be screened before the illnesses can advance.

Diakonia Agapes continues to raise funds on this platform and would appreciate if you could contribute to reach other women in the area. 

Thank you.

Apr 22, 2019

Healthy Women, Healthy Families

Practising health techniques
Practising health techniques

Dear Supporter,

Healthy Women, Healthy Familiesis a project set up by the Diakonia Agapes – the social, development and relief office of the Orthodox Church of Albania.  It is to screen approximately 800 women in rural Albanian areas (Kuçova Municipality) forcervical cancer and sexually transmitted diseases.  Workshops and awareness campaigns and have begun providing screening and treatment vital for their health following education and consultation as well as gynecological visits.

Through your financial support the project was able to implement the following activities:

Establishment of the Health Outreach Activists (HOA) group - There were 3 HAOs groups established (one group in Perondi, one group in Tapi and one group in Magjat) where 60 women (25 women/group) participated. The groups were composed of women of different professions such as: nurses, midwives, students, entrepreneurs and teachers

The groups attended a three day workshop focusing on: Health Outreach Activist and community mobilization;Cervical Cancer and the importance of PAP tests;and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). The trained women have shared the information with other women in the community during the awareness campaigns before the gynecological examinations. The campaigns aimed to change the mentality of women in the area to value and seek screening and early detection for cervical cancer as well as sexually transmitted diseases. A health note book containing information for Cervical Cancer, PAP Smear, STDs, symptoms and treatment was given to each women.

9 Gynecological examinationswere conducted in three areas where 238 women (126 women of Tapi village; 82 women of Perondi village; and 23 women of Magjat village) were screened for STD and PAP Smear were offered for 89. 16 women out of 89 who did the PAP Smear were send for further examinations in specialized clinics. 80 % of the women screened have at least one infection and, in some cases, they have a combination of two infections. Data’s will be provided in the next progress report.  The screenings were provided by a team of two people (a qualified doctor and a lab technician). 

Implementation of the above activities have encouraged women to seek out medical screenings regularly. In addition, it also built awareness among public health officials as to the need to continue outreach in the communities and encourage women to be screened before the illnesses can advance

 Stories from the field

  • A. H is 39 years-old mother of 4 children (the oldest 18 years-old). It was the first time for her to see the doctor after 20 years. She has given birth to her children at home assisted by her mother-in-law. She said that the periodic checkup is very important and the women need to take care of their health. Being healthy they could better serve their families as well as their communities. They are becoming aware that prevention is better than treatment.
  • M. N 50 years-old expressed her gratitude toward the project that gave her the opportunity to be part of the HOA group. She said that the information received during the three days of the workshop was very important. Being a seasonal emigrant who travels to Greece working as sanitation worker or do agricultural work they are exposed to different situations. She said that the women have low level of information for the topics addressed. By joining the group and receiving the health information she will be careful for herself while working in a foreign environment because she could prevent different infections. 

Diakonia Agapes continues to raise funds on this platform and would appreciate if you could contribute to reach other women in the area. 

Advising Women
Advising Women
Examine the vaginal infections
Examine the vaginal infections
Writing women's treatment
Writing women's treatment
 
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