The Center for Demographic Research and UNFPA has released its third Barometer “The Situation of Young People in the Republic of Moldova: from Desiderata to Opportunities” and launched it officially during the Final Conference of the Academy of Young Workers, organized by the National Youth Council of Moldova.
The Barometer examines the situation of young people in the field of education, health and labour market. As it evidences, young people face social exclusion in education and employment, as 29% of young people are not enrolled in any form of training or professional development and are unemployed. At the same time, many young Moldovans study or seek a job abroad.
As regards youth health, the study evidences that the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections remains high, as 6 out of 10 people infected with STI are young people aged 15-29. In 2013, about 14% of new HIV cases were registered among people aged 15-24. This data testifies to lower percentage of young people holding comprehensive knowledge on HIV/AIDS transmission, as this rate dropped from 40.5% in 2005 to about 32% in 2013.
The participants of the conference discussed the outcomes of the Barometer, focusing on recommendations aiming to improve the quality of young people’s lives. The proposed solutions were related to enhancement of healthcare quality, including sexual and reproductive health; development of family life education and psychological support services.
Source: UNFPA Moldova, Mednews.md