Nov 19, 2019

WhatsApp:Tech Health Solution For Nigerian Youths

A girl talking about SRH issues that concern youth
A girl talking about SRH issues that concern youth

New Counselling Channel Alert!

Many interesting activities happened this quarter but we want to share this innovative stride. 

This is project titled “Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth” and that is what we have been doing. We use relevant media platforms to engage young people, providing them with access to accurate sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services. The Mobile Questions and Answer Service in addition to SMS, calls, e-mail, and Facebook has integrated WhatsApp into its channels for reaching adolescents and young people in Nigeria. According to Hootsuite, a leading social media dashboard reported that WhatsApp is the most active social media platform in Nigeria with 85% of users. In our focus group discussions with adolescents and annual evaluations, young people have suggested WhatsApp as a way of reaching them with sexual and reproductive health information. So we took on the challenge and started to reach young people through this medium.

WhatsApp helps us reach young people who may not want to call, send a text or use any other platform to reach a counselor. WhatsApp platform helps us engage in one-on-one chats with users, send broadcast messages, and hold WhatsApp conferences and to use our  WhatsApp status to pass information to our users. 

We get questions like:

“How do I break up with my girlfriend, without hurting her emotionally?

“What is the treatment for sexual dysfunction?”

In the quarter we engage in over 380 conversations through WhatsApp, ranging from questions on relationship issues, puberty, menstrual hygiene, and HIV. Questions were received from both males and females.

We will persevere to ensure that we reach young people through innovative and captivating ways. We make this happen through your sustained support and donations to advance adolescents sexual and reproductive health in Nigeria.

Thank you!

 

Smile of Hope; that youths can reach their goals
Smile of Hope; that youths can reach their goals
Nov 8, 2019

Giving Girls a Voice and the tools they need

Students Supported with books
Students Supported with books

According to a 2017 UNICEF report on Education in Nigeria, Nigeria has 10.5 million out-of-school children and about 60% of these out-of-school children are estimated to be girls. Although statistics show that Girls’ primary school attendance has been improving in recent years due to increased awareness campaigns and advocacy for girl child education, this has not been the case for girls from the poorest of households.

In Kaduna state, the government has made education free for girls at the primary and secondary level. However, studies conducted show that young girls in the state still face challenges and barriers to getting an education some of which include inability to afford other surcharges asides from the school fees such as school uniforms and books, intimidating environments, cultural disadvantages and so many others. EVA initiated a “Back-to-School” drive for girls in 3 communities in Kaduna in addition to the safe space sessions that have been running which are aimed at giving them access to accurate and non-judgmental information on SGBV, life-skills, emotional support and the opportunity to develop solidarity with one another. The “Back-to-School” initiative sought to address some of the barriers to being enrolled and remaining in school specifically the issue of lack of funds to pay for school necessities like books and uniforms. 30 beneficiaries were provided with Textbooks, school uniforms and other school necessities to support their education pursuits into public schools in their localities. To achieve sustainability, EVA encouraged beneficiaries to leverage on the vocational skills they had acquired in previous workshops during the course of the project. EVA also works closely with the school and communities to ensure that these girls stay in school.

In recognizing that building the agency and life skills of girls can improve the chances that they remain in school, get an education and graduate, as well as improve their confidence and access to important tools to navigate the various stages of life, EVA commemorated its “International day of the Girl Child” in 6 all-girls schools. Taking its cue from this year’s theme “Girl Force: Unscripted, Unstoppable”, 260 girls were reached in 6 schools across 3 communities with empowering information and material. These adolescent girls were also engaged in active discussions concerning challenges that they face to improve their confidences and promote a consciousness of their rights. They were educated on the existence of the sexual assault and referral center (SARC), and its duty to provide free medical care and counseling among other things to survivors of SGBV. They were encouraged to reach out for help if they experienced harassment or molestation.

With continuous support from donors, we hope to increase our reach by extending the safe spaces to more communities and be able to identify more girls who are willing to go back to school.

Pupils in Tudun Wada learn life skills
Pupils in Tudun Wada learn life skills
Engagement on Girl empowerment for lDGC
Engagement on Girl empowerment for lDGC
Aug 23, 2019

Through Your Support We Keep Doing More

Girls Reading Information on Teenage Pregnancy
Girls Reading Information on Teenage Pregnancy

In this quarter, we carried out a lot of outreaches for in-school and out-of-school adolescents through school and community visits and through bulk SMS messages that provided information on sexual and reproductive health and a tech way to access sexual and reproductive health information. More interestingly this quarter we reached out to school girls on the menstrual hygiene day. The theme for this year is “It’s Time for Action”, and we utilized the objective of this year’s theme to empower adolescent girls using education and information. The event was engaging and interactive. Our objective was to educate the girls about menstruation and menstrual hygiene, to provide them with tips for maintaining good menstrual health and hygiene, and to teach them how to calculate their menstrual cycle. We engaged the girls by teaching how to make Cycle Beads in the form of a wrist beads that they could use to count their period. The event allowed the girls to asked questions about menstruation and other sexual and reproductive health information that they had, and we provided responses to all their questions.

Some of their questions included

“Please my friend is not upto 14 years but she has not started her menstruation is it good?”

“Is it true you must have sex with a guy before you stop having cramps?”

“What if you cannot afford pad and you always use cloth for menstruation and you wash it very well, is it hygienic?”

It was an expository session as the girls shared myths about menstruation they had heard and our team did not hesitate to provide factual information. We used this medium to debunk myths and misconceptions on menstruation and menstrual health.

As a norm we introduced the girls to the mobile question and answer service so that they could reach out to a counselor after the menstrual hygiene day for other concerns or questions they may have.

We recorded a 17% increase in the number of girls aged 10 - 24 that used the Mobile Question and Answer Service to seek for information on their sexual and reproductive health.

“Oh thank you so much, may God reward u for the humanitarian work you guys are doing” Female Benue 24”.

“I am glad I found this page” Jerry (Not Original Name )

“Your Contributions are always good for us”  Favour (Not Orginal Name)

We got many thank yous’ from our users and we are also sending them to our partners

We never stop providing adolescents and young people with sexual and reproductive health information and service because you and other partners never stop donating. Thank you so much.

Girls Making a Demo Cycle Beads
Girls Making a Demo Cycle Beads
Girls Listening to the Facilitator
Girls Listening to the Facilitator
Adolescent Girl Asking Question
Adolescent Girl Asking Question
A Girl Reading an information material
A Girl Reading an information material
Facilitator Providing Tips to Manage Menstruation
Facilitator Providing Tips to Manage Menstruation
 
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