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Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)

Reproductive and Family Health Association of Fiji (RFHAF) champion sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) to young people in Fiji.

We believe that health and choice about one’s Sexual Reproductive life are also part of Human Rights.

                  It is MY BODY, MY CHOICE & MY RIGHTS. 

 

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“RFHAF is committed to ensuring that the sexual and reproductive health needs of Fiji’s population are met with adequate program and policies. RFHAF believes that health and choice about one’s sexual and reproductive life are human rights.” 

SRHR, COVID-19 and Young People.

As young people, how are you coping with sudden changes in your community?

Given the impacts of modernization and the assimilation of western influence into our culture, change is inevitable but with change there is a need for ways to keep the influence in check. As a youth, some of the programs that I champion include attending to youth mission fellowship, which ensures that my spiritual sphere of life is on check, given the fact that health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmities, this is usually the basis of me maintaining and coping with the inevitable change in society. Other engagements include taking part in rugby and family gatherings where culture


2. What aspects of SRH pertaining to you as young people are affected by the pandemic in your community?

  1. The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on health systems, led to a global economic shutdown, and upended life as we know it. As the virus spreads at alarming rates, the fallout has spanned the globe and revealed the ill-preparedness of governments, health systems, and social safety networks to respond to the longstanding and emerging needs of people worldwide, especially relating to the health and rights of women and girls.
    While the global response has rightly focused on containing the virus and treating the infected, it has also illustrated gaps in our existing approach to sexual and reproductive health care and articulated the need to embrace a a comprehensive approach to health care long after the crisis ends.
    This is not unique to the COVID-19 outbreak; existing inequalities and policies of discrimination are often exacerbated during crisis with widespread and severe consequences of women, girls, and LGBTQI people. Access to SRH care during this crisis is not holistic as our hospitals are more focused on preparedness for any reported COVID19 cases. Shortage of medication in some health centers is also a consequence and long hours of wait just to be served.

3. How would you like RFHAF to respond with regards to COVID-19 and SRHR?

Given that the lockdown period spans for as little as two weeks, this means that social gathering is not permitted in any sense, therefore the only possible reach by RFHAF that is encompassing is through social media platforms as well as radio slots in all the radio stations locally, spreadout throughout the lockdown period advocating on issues pertaining to SRH and your responsibility as a youth or young adult towards protecting yourself from unwanted SRDiseases.

𝐑𝐅𝐇𝐀𝐅 & 𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃-19

We are living in a new reality. COVID-19, is here in Fiji. While this virus affects us all, girls and women face unique challenges. When crisis strikes and health care systems falter, our specific needs are deprioritized, and we face additional barriers to care, particularly sexual and reproductive health care.

As such, Reproductive & Family Health Association of Fiji (RFHAF) is dedicated to ensuring continued access to modern contraceptive methods especially the Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs)

Visit us at 92 Ratu Sukuna Road, Nasese, Suva or call us on 330 6175/ 292 9549/ 767 3892 or message us on our Facebook for counselling, consultation or for more information.

Opening Hours: 8am – 4:30pm [Monday – Friday] Clinics can be opened earlier or remain open till late if pre-bookings/ appointments are made.

𝐴𝑐𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤𝑙𝑒𝑑𝑔𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑅𝐹𝐻𝐴𝐹 𝐸𝑥𝑒𝑐𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝐷𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑜𝑟: 𝑀𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑎 𝑆𝑒𝑣𝑢 𝑉𝑎𝑘𝑎𝑟𝑎𝑢.

What you need to know👂👂 about sex 👀👀and COVID-19?


COVID-19 is a serious disease and everyone should take the recommended preventive measures to minimize the risk of exposure and the spread of the virus.

But 🧠🧠what😘😘 about🥰🥰 sex?😍😍
There is currently no evidence to indicate that COVID-19 can be found in semen or vaginal fluid. While this means that the virus is unlikely to be sexually transmissible, it does not mean that you are not at risk during sex. Having sex with others, including intimate touching and kissing, puts you at risk of catching or spreading COVID-19.

Remember social distancing helps slow down the spread of the virus and in turn helps healthcare systems cope better.

Acknowledging the Madam Executive Director: Matelita Sevu and RFHAF.

-Family Planning-

Many women have at least one pregnancy in their lives, and about half of all pregnancies are not planned. Planning ahead can help you avoid getting pregnant when you don’t want to be, and to be in good health if and when you do decide to become pregnant. Family planning leads to healthier pregnancies, moms, and babies.

There are a number of elements necessary for you to safely and successfully plan out when and how you will (or will not) have children, and you can talk to your midwife or other health care provider about all of them!

What is a reproductive life plan?

Whether to have children is a personal choice that only you can make.

Family planning means developing a reproductive life plan for yourself as you look ahead to having a family. It’s a set of goals about whether or not to have children, when you want to have children, and under what conditions you would like to have them. Your plan can change – in fact, it is a good idea to review your plan every year to make sure you are still on track with your goals as your life changes.

The first step is to decide if you want to have children. Although many people eventually want to have a family, not everyone wants to have children. More and more people are childfree by choice.

If you do want to have children, you may want to consider these questions:

  • When would you like to start having children, and at what age would you like to have completed your family or be finished having children? Try to identify the ages when you would like to be pregnant and the ages when you definitely don’t. These are important times in your reproductive life plan.
  • How many children do you and your partner, if you have one, want to have? If you want more than one child, how many years apart do you want your children to be? This is called birth spacing. It’s important because babies born too close together (less than 18 months in between births) are slightly more at risk for having problems. Mom’s health is optimal if pregnancies are appropriately spaced as well.
  • What is your life like? Ideally, it will be stable and supportive of your desire for children. Think about whether you need to make any changes in your health status, relationships, living situation, finances, job, or anything else that would help you provide the best home for your children.
  • If you get pregnant before you are ready, what will you do?
  • Who can you talk to about preventing pregnancy until you are ready to have a baby? Your midwife or other health care provider can talk to you about birth control options, and help make sure your pregnancies are planned.

If you do not want to have children, you may want to consider these questions:

  • Who can you talk to about preventing pregnancy? Your midwife or other health care provider can help you come up with a plan, and talk to you about birth control options.
  • If you get pregnant anyway, what will you do?

After you consider these questions, consider your next steps with the help of your partner or support system, your family, and your midwife or other health care provider.

Family Planning Methods

Natural Family Planning

Natural family planning (or “fertility awareness”) are methods to avoid or achieve pregnancy without using hormones, chemicals, or barriers. There are lots of reasons to choose natural methods of family planning. You can stop anytime, there are no side effects, you don’t have to rely on a health care provider for birth control, and natural family planning is accepted by all religions.

With perfect use, between 2 and 5 out of every 100 women per year will get pregnant using one of the natural family planning methods. With typical use, 24% of women experience unintentional pregnancy using a natural family planning method. You are more likely to have success with natural family planning if you are comfortable touching your body and you have a partner who also wants to use natural family planning. Stress, lifestyle, smoking, and health will all affect the monthly changes in your body.

There are a few different methods, and they all teach you how to track your own body through its monthly changes so you can better predict whether you are likely to get pregnant on a given day. Then, you’ll know when to have sex if you want to get pregnant, or when to avoid it if you don’t. Learn more about natural family planning here.

The signs used by most natural family planning methods are:

  • The feel, shape, and position of the cervix
  • The texture, color, and amount of mucus in the vagina
  • Body temperature
  • Feeling of heaviness and breast tenderness, as well as abdominal pain

Some of the most well-known and widely-used methods are:

  • The ovulation method (or cervical mucus method, or Billingsno method), which involves pinpointing when you are most fertile by paying attention to the consistency of your vaginal mucus throughout your cycle.
  • The standard days method, which identifies a standard 11-day potentially fertile period (from days 8-19) for women with menstrual cycles that are no shorter than 26 and no longer than 32 days long.
  • The sympto-thermal method, which means combining several other methods of natural family planning (for example, charting vaginal mucus while also paying attention to body temperature).
  • The lactational amenorrhea method, which only works for people who gave birth less than 6 months ago. You must be giving your baby all its sustenance from your breastmilk only; nursing your baby at least once every 6 hours, even at night; and not having a period.
  • (Caption: American College of Nurse-Midwives

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