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A team of researchers from Rīga Stradiņš (RSU) together with the research company Kantar (TNS Latvia) are actively working on a study commissioned by the Latvian Ministry of Health on factors and habits that affect people’s sexual and reproductive health.

People often find it difficult to talk about sexual and reproductive health and habits as these topics are multifaceted and complicated. Because of this a self-administered questionnaire was chosen for the study. Interviewers will keep a distance of 2m to their subjects and assist them when needed by providing more information about a particular question or term.

More than 40 interviewers from all over Latvia participated in a 3-day online training and discussed the concept of sexual and reproductive health, information about sexual and reproductive health in Latvia that is currently available, education and the amount of healthcare services, paternity benefits and other matters included in the questionnaire.


Photo: Gunta Lazdāne

The discussion was moderated by a cohesive team of experts consisting of Ingrīda Libora from Kantar, and Asst. Prof. Anda Ķīvīte-Urtāne (research leader), Prof. Gunta Lazdāne and Assoc. Prof. Jānis Ķīsis from RSU. Juris Dilba, the head of the Liepāja branch of the Marta Centre, highlighted very essential issues about various forms of violence and assistance for victims of domestic violence.

The survey is scheduled for the beginning of September and the study is planned to be extensive covering 4,000 respondents aged from 15 to 64.