No Network Delay ; +23480SRHR-INFO is the Number to Call
By Fadekemi Akinfaderin Agarau - Executive Director
EVA continues to reach thousands of adolescents and young people with sexual reproductive health information through an innovative mobile approach.
Tremendous success has been recorded in the past few months. EVA counselors have improved their strategy to get more visibility for the Mobile Solution project. Some of the activities includes; a school outreach program targeting in-school-youths directly with information about the mobile numbers to call, for free counseling and Sexual Reproductive Health information. They have also continued engaging young people through a monthly competition called “My Answer”, where young people get incentives such as mobile recharge call cards for answering the question of the month correctly.
This has translated to an increase in numbers of calls and test messages received from young people either asking questions about their sexual health or answering questions about their sexual health. This is an innovative strategy to keep engaging more adolescent and young people
Here is what some of the beneficiaries have to say about the project;
A 15 year old male from Kaduna northern Nigeria said 'Thank you for your answers of yesterday am very grateful'
'Thank you for all the advise you have given to people, i have learnt a lot from it, 18 years i'm a female from abuja
Just so you know, all of this wouldn't have been possible without your kind and consistent donations. The future of our world are young people and we must not relent in bridging the gap and providing the necessary support to improve adolescent health and development.
Sep 4, 2013
Dial the Numbers; Reaching Youth through Mobile Service
By Kikelomo Taiwo - Fundraising Officer
Counselor responding to young people's questions
EVA mobile health solution project has continued to make significant impact in the lives of young people in Nigeria through her mobile health solution service. The goal of the Mobile Solution service is to encourage information seeking behavior among young people while providing access to accurate, non-judgmental responses to sexual reproductive health issues in order to reduce high-risk behavior that may lead to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, unplanned pregnancy and complications from unsafe abortions.
EVA is glad to inform you that in just 2months, a total of 29500 questions were responded to on sexual reproductive health and HIV/AIDS through the SMS/web platform and a total of 309 questions through the voice call. There has been a consistent increase in the number of questions received from young people.
This is what beneficiaries have to say;
“This service is good because when I called, I was even surprised they picked and they did justice to my question”Female 18 years old.
“I think the service is good because even with the poor network, the counsellors are still patient enough to strain their ears so they can hear us”Male 18years old.
We couldn’t have done this without the support and commitment of our partners during the Gateway Challenge. Education as a Vaccine sincerely appreciates all her esteemed partners around the world for their continue to support the work that we do.
We are also opened to ideas and suggestions on how you think we can improve the quality of our services.