CroMSIC’s Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV and AIDS – SCORA

gathers passionate individuals that are devoted to their cause to promote sexual and reproductive health in their community and fight for individual’s rights to information and education. Members of SCORA have unwavering optimism and their positive energy breaks every obsticle and taboo topics of this society. SCORA’s vision is that every single individual becomes equally encouraged to practice their sexual and reproductive rights in the world without stigma and discrimination. Some of the highest priority goals are: lessen the stigma around discrimination toward people living with HIV/AIDS; spread awareness about HIV/AIDS related topics and sexual and reproductive health in society; insist on knowledge based facts and scientific research to break prejudice; promote healthy and positive sex life.

SCORA related topics are: education around sexual and reproductive health, mother’s health and ability to have access to safe abortion, sexual and gender identity, gender based violence, HIV and other sexualy transmitted diseases. SCORA acts on more than one way, starting with organising events for the public, educating the youth in primary and secondary schools, educating medical students, organising partys, giving away flyers and condoms.

Education is the best prevention. This the leading thought for SCORA. Since, prevention is the most effective defense against sexually transmitted diseases, our work is based upon raising basic medical knowledge in general population, with the emphasis on the youth, about previously mentioned diseases and their transmission and acting on bad and unestablished attitude about healthy and safe sexual behaviour.

Area about human rights and discrimination toward people living with HIV gains even greater meaning and with our activities, we tend to include ourselves in the battle against discrimination against people living with HIV. There are numerous examples of difficulties that people with HIV must endure, social exclusion, loss of friends, family rejection, loss of work and inability to receive medical aid. Most of the conceqquences are due to lack of knowlegde, therefore it is important to educate general population about transmitting HIV infection so that through normal social contact, HIV cannot be transmitted thus there are no reasons for stigma.

SCORA marks: World AIDS Day, International Women’s Day, World Cancer Day, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and international candle memorial. That way, medical students want to raise awareness of their fellow citizens and include as many young people as possible, in events promoting sexual and reproductive health and human rights. World AIDS Day became one of the biggest projects in CroMSIC.

At the same time, international character, i.e. relationship with other countries shouldn’t be forgotten. Every year, SCORA organises regional meeting with their members, known as SECSE (Southern European Cooperation on Sexual Education). The meeting is set to discuss experience exchange and different methods of education in between countries, in a relaxed atmosphere. All of those meeting, a part from resulting in many excellent and useful ideas, bring many long lasting friendships. Sounds like an excellent combination, doesn’t it?

Iva Dumančić, NORA

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