According to the data of the World Health Organisation, around 500,000 women in the world and around 60,000 women in Europe get cervical cancer every year due to insufficient knowledge on this illness, its treatment and prevention measures. In order to draw attention of women to the importance of prevention in protecting reproductive health, the last week in January is Europe-wide marked as a European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.
FORS Montenegro – Foundation for the Development of Northern Montenegro marked this week by more intensive implementation of the activities of the project CARES – Cross-border Actions in the Reproductive Health Sector, including distribution of the brochures and promotional items, organisation of preventive examinations in cooperation with the health centres and hospitals in the target municipalities, providing information to citizens through media as well as by broadcasting of the TV spot with the motto: Find the time. Prevent. Live.
One of the activities which will contribute to women’s better understanding of the importance of prevention is the organisation of lectures which will be organised in Berane and Rožaje which were delivered by medical doctors – gynaecologists, Marijana Pešić and Azra Lukač. The lectures were attended by around 40 women including representatives of RAE population, who had the opportunity to get more information on risk factors and prevention measures such as regular gynaecological examinations, importance of healthy lifestyles and other measures which contribute to protection of reproductive health. Also, the women were informed on the procedure of scheduling preventive examinations.
The CARES – Cross-border Actions in the Reproductive Health Sector project has the aim to improve the quality of services in the reproductive health sector and raise awareness of the population on the importance of prevention and maintenance of reproductive health.
The project is financed by the European Union through Cross-border Cooperation Programme Montenegro-Kosovo* 2014-2020. In Montenegro, it is co-financed by the Ministry of Public Administration. The target region in Montenegro includes the municipalities of Andrijevica, Berane, Bijelo Polje, Gusinje, Petnjica, Plav, Kolašin, Mojkovac and Rožaje.
This publication has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union and the Ministry of Public Administration of Montenegro. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of FORS Montenegro and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union nor the Ministry of Public Administration of Montenegro.
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence