Dec 7, 2016

More and More Adolescents Girls and Young Women Receive Sexual and Reproductive health Information

Girls get Menstrual Health and Hygiene Information
Girls get Menstrual Health and Hygiene Information

As part of the project's objective to increase the number of adolescents and young people who have access to accurate sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information, are able to make informed decisions as it concerns their sexual and reproductive health and  also to create awareness on the availability of the MyQuestion service, we went all out, seized the opportunity of the on-going 16days of activism  to create awareness for the service and to educate adolescents on their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

We thought of an interesting and interactive way to reach out to adolecent girls and young women, so an awareness creation tour for girls was planned and carried out. The objectives of the tour was to provide information and services on HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, teeanage pregnancy, menstrual hygiene, legal and psychosocial support to young women and girls aged 15-24 ( in-school and out-of-school), to create awareness on sexual violence against women and girls and to spark a national discourse through a silent protest. The tour started  from the nation's capital Abuja through Nassarawa state and then to Benue state. The tour had different holding spots in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT) and in the states, where SRH services, HIV counseling and testing and psychosocial counseling were provided to adolescent girls and young women. The girls also received incentives such as sanitary pads and purses. The silent  protest saw women and girls march through the streets of the FCT to the office of the minister for women affairs to deliver a letter to ask that the VAPP bill should be domesticated and implemented in all states and also some survivors of violence told their story of how they were violated.

MyQuestion Service team actively participated in all of these activities and were in all the states and the FCT providing sexual and reproductive health information and counseling to the girls and young women, distributing information, education and communication materials and providing referrals to the girls and women where they can access SRH services. The boys and young men were not left out in our activities because we believe that boys and young men have a role to play in supporting women and girls to end violence against women and girls. They joined in the tour and in the march indicating their support for young women and girls.

And so these were the outcomes

  • 5% increase in the number of adolescents and young people who know and have used the MyQuestion service.
  • 3% increase in the number of  adolescent girls aged 10-19  who accessed sexual and reproductive health information through the MyQuestion service.
  • Over 2000  in-school and out-of school adolescents and young people were reached, educated and counselled on sexual and reproductive health concerns.

We did not achieve all of these outcomes alone we worked  with other organizations and partners who share similar objectives.

Our partners include all of you who have made this possible through your kind donations.

We are glad you did.

Thank you.

Girls Receiving Informative Materials on SRH
Girls Receiving Informative Materials on SRH
Sep 7, 2016

Providing Adolescents and young people with sexual and reproductive health information via Facebook

Facebook AskWednesday
Facebook AskWednesday

Eureka! So our Facebook page has about 12,400 members.

So many young people are getting information from social media. As a way to reach out to young people on social media such as Facebook with sexual and reproductive health information and service, we created a Facebook page titled MyQuestion and Myanswer and have been providing sexual and reproductive health information and counseling.

The good news is we have about 12,400 adolescents and young people in our Facebook community with over 4680 new members in the last 3 months. This means that our target of 10 000 members on facebook by the end of the year have been exceeded by 2400 new members and counting. We have reached about 38790 people with sexual and reproductive health information througn out Facebook post and other activities. Our daily post reaches an average of 770 young people. About 36% of our fans are females and 67% are males. Most of our fans, about 67% are young people between the ages of 18-24 years. This is to say we are not just providing information to just anyone  but we are reaching the almost 50 million young people age 10-24 in Nigeria faced with many challenges to their sexual and reproductive health.

In reaching out to adolescents and young people on Facebook we carry out different activities such as daily informative and educational post,  case studies that allow fans to share their views and interact with other members of the group. Through this we are able to help correct wrong notions and provide accurate answers to sexual and reproductive health perceptions.

AskWednesdays is another way with which we engage with our fans, it gives adolescents and young people opportunity to ask personal questions and have one-on-one live chat with a counselor.

What is more interesting about the Facebook page is that apart from our fans receiving regular Facebook post on sexual and reproductive health and relationship information. The Facebook page  is linked to the Mobile Question and answer Platform which enable our fans to send their questions from their Facebook page through the Facebook message icon directly to the Mobile Question and answer Platform,  to get confidential and anonymous sexual and reproductive health information and counseling.

See what young people are saying about the Facebook page

" I am Mustapha from Kebbi State, I actually like this page ( MyQuestion and Myanswer ) and I take the responsibility of sharing what you post. I love you because of your response to friends and answering their questions "

" MyQuestion and Myanswer service I love your service and I pledge my full support "  from Beatrice

Feedbacks such as these make us understand that our fans are receiving satisfied responses that will help them make informed decisions. We have been able to go this far through your support. 

Facebook Population
Facebook Population
Facebook reach
Facebook reach
Jun 9, 2016

18,000 New Users Seek Sexual Health Information

Outreach for Girls in School, Niger State
Outreach for Girls in School, Niger State

It unbelievable, 18,000 new users have sought sexual and reproductive health information and counseling on our mobile technology platform in just 4 months.  The number of girls and boy new users are almost equal, with 54% male and 46% female. This large number shows us that our platform is filling a critical gap by providing adolescents and young people a means to ask sensitive and private questions about their health at their convenience. The project was able to reach this new users through new support we received.  

Our team of counselors and volunteers went out to about 47 schools for young people in-school and 14 computer training and skill acquisition centers for those out of school.  During the awareness creation activities, adolescents and young people were engaged in classroom discussions, early morning health talks in their assemble halls, and they were shown how to use the service.  They were given opportunity to ask their questions and many were excited to use the service because the service is free.  

"This is amazing! I never knew there was a service like this.  I love that I can send a text message and my answer is gotten immediately.  I just tried it now.  Best of all, it is free" - Amina 14 year old high school student.

Hearing the kind of message that Mercy sent to us, keeps us motivated to continue to provide the much needed support to adolescent and young people.  Now our team is trying to sustain the use of the service and we are presently developing messages to be sent as mass text messages to our new users.  These messages will motivate them to continue using the services whenever they have any health related concerns.  

Project Staff having one-on-one with students
Project Staff having one-on-one with students
 
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