Feed the Minds: Improving Sexual Health Access for Deaf Women in Rwanda

Feed the Minds: Improving Sexual Health Access for Deaf Women in Rwanda

FEED the Minds and Rwasa United Youth Association (RUYA) are applying a 1-calendar year undertaking to aid deaf womens obtain to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Expertise and care in the Burera District, Rwanda.

Comprehending issues in the Burera District

In Burera district, deaf girls and women facial area serious limitations to accessing information and services for their sexual and reproductive overall health (SRH).

Community needs assessments show that most health care vendors in Burera have no indication language capabilities with 87% of deaf people not able to talk with them. Existing stigmatised attitudes in modern society have been hindering families from educating deaf women on subjects connected to sexual and reproductive wellbeing. As a result, deaf girls enter adulthood with minor to no information of sexually transmitted bacterial infections, HIV/AIDs, and safer intercourse selections.

This leaves these deaf gals really vulnerable to unintended pregnancies and contracting HIV/AIDs and other sexually transmitted bacterial infections, main to long-expression damaging impacts on their wellness and perfectly-getting.

Feed the Minds interventions with RUYA

The challenge, aimed at offering instruction in sign language to 50 healthcare companies to allow them to communicate with deaf gals about their sexual and reproductive well being requires, has presently found its progress.

Initial interventions

In January 2024, through the first month of the undertaking intervention, RUYA educated health care workers in indicator language vocabulary to facilitate conversation with deaf customers when providing the solutions they have to have.

RUYA also properly trained its workers users in sign language vocabulary, enabling them to converse with deaf persons. These trained customers are deployed to accompany and refer deaf sufferers to the wellness clinics to entry the expert services.

RUYA, Feed the Minds job partner explained:

We have acquired that empowering health care employees with sign language skills has enhanced their conduct and attitudes, which is of paramount value for deaf women and girls to obtain sexual and reproductive health requirements.

Education to healthcare workers in providing deaf-welcoming products and services in health care options.

Ongoing and long term actions

In the coming months, RUYAs teaching will concentration on training about the alphabet, overall body components, popular wellbeing signs or symptoms, terms associated to sexual and reproductive health and fitness, treatment method, tips, and provider referrals. Contributors will also be sensitised to recognise deaf people, and how to provide appropriate treatment.

To help entry to information, 5 disability-welcoming corners will be designed at health and fitness clinics to empower deaf gals and women to obtain facts and information on sexual and reproductive wellbeing matters. What’s more, 5 deaf-friendly workshops will be held at the local community degree, in which educated healthcare companies will elevate recognition of sexually transmitted bacterial infections (STIs), offer you HIV counselling and screening, clarify obtainable contraceptive approaches, and distribute free of charge condoms in partnership with the Burera District AIDS Avoidance Committee.

The effects of this task will help deaf women of all ages and girls to have access to info and peer guidance on SRH topics. The local community will gain increased appreciation for the worth of deaf women and girls legal rights, major to elevated availability of products and services. Deaf girls and women are superior in a position to access medical and health and fitness providers.

We are honoured to be doing the job on this new venture with RUYA, a non-federal government organisation in Rwanda working to deliver socially and economically deprived women of all ages and girls with access to economic prospects and skills enabling them to enhance their requirements of living.