Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth

by Education as a Vaccine
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Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth
Counselor Providing Information to adolescents
Counselor Providing Information to adolescents

We excited that you are part of the positive change that youths in Nigeria are encountering,

This quarter, we commemorated different national and international events, this includes Children’s Day, Menstrual Hygiene Day, International Day of the African Child, just to mention a few.  In all of these commemorations, one thing was unique for us and the youths of Nigeria. This is ensuring that young people reach their potential.

With the rise in insecurity and the presence of a pandemic, holding a gathering or physical events is usually challenging, however, using tech has proven to be an innovative way to reach more young people.

One way your contributions have helped us is by ensuring that counsellors are available to respond to questions from young people. Our counsellors have embraced virtual counselling, and their skills have been built to provide sexual and reproductive health information through several platforms.

This year, in commemorating the international children’s day, counsellors went to schools to provide adolescents with SRH information in physical a session while also hosting a live Facebook event to reach more young people, who were not opportune to participate in the physical event.

The counsellors engaged young people through quizzes both offline and online, they also responded to WhatsApp messages and calls from young people.  They ensured that young people received factual and non-judgemental information.

As a trained counselor I am, I know now that I should not advise clients but provide them with the information that they need to make informed decisions25 years Halimat Musa 

As a trained counselor I ensure that I do not impose my values on young people when providing information. I am excited to be able to provide young people with the information they need to make informed decisions. 25 years Faithful Fabiyi 

While the pandemic threatens to reverse the gains and impact that have been achieved in ensuring that young people have access to quality health services. The MyQuestion Service through its tech ecosystems will continue to provide young people with information through tech platforms to reach their potentials and make healthy decisions. Our trained counsellors are always available to provide young people with the support they need. 

Your contributions have been helpful to keep a trained counsellor to respond to young people’s needs.

Counselor providing information to a user
Counselor providing information to a user
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A Cross Section of Our Instagram Feeds
A Cross Section of Our Instagram Feeds

So many events and engagements to write about but the spotlight for this quarter is on our Instagram page. Over the years we have explored  SMS, Calls, e-mail, Facebook and now Instagram to educate young people and help them live a fulfilled life.

Providing information through mobile technology and social media platform is now the new normal. During the pandemic, many young people engaged through social media to receive information and to get entertained. Leveraging on social media is a critical way to keep young people informed and engaged. We have built our tech ecosystem such that young people can get the information that they need to make healthy choices at their own convenience. Although, we have been utilizing Instagram and part of our tech ecosystem we engaged more this time.

As of January 2021, there were about 6.47% Nigerians on Instagram according to StatCounter and this number has gradually increased over the years as the app becomes more popular. The majority of its users are between the ages of 18-34 years and a few about 2% according to Napoleon stat are between the ages of 13-17. This statistics explains why Instagram is a tool to engage with young people.

Taking advantage of this platform, our Instagram page @eva_mapps have been utilized to provide young people with information on HIV and AIDS, reproductive health, body image and pubertal changes and also for referrals Including prevention messages on Coronavirus disease. We also engage young people through quizzes and Instagram Live Shows.

Moreso, the Instagram page is linked to our Facebook Page at MyQuestion and MyAnswer Service. This gives the user more options to engage and receive information to make healthy choices.

The page has received over 1170 followers who are making healthy choices throughout daily engagements.

Donations and funds from you help us keep the page active, create fun activities for young people and more importantly link and update all our social media and mobile platforms to create a solid sexual and reproductive health tech Ecosystem where no adolescent and young person is left behind.

Thank you for support Nigerian youths to make informed decisions and stay healthy. 

Providing Sexual and Reproductive Health Info
Providing Sexual and Reproductive Health Info
Info about Sexually Transmitted Infections
Info about Sexually Transmitted Infections
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Helping youths make healthy decisions
Helping youths make healthy decisions

The COVID-19 pandemic has been very challenging and may gradually reverse the gains and progress that have been made towards achieving quality sexual and reproductive health for young people. Young people in Nigeria may experience difficulty accessing health services because they may not be able to visit health facilities due to the pandemic. The high cost of transportation and the distance of the health facility may also pose a challenge. Other challenges are the cost of accessing services and poor financial/economic status. Through the Mobile Question and Answer Service, we are closing the gap using innovative technology to ensure that young people’s SRH needs are met on their terms. Your donations have helped us this far and will continue to help us sustain the service by  

1. Keeping the SMS free. According to the 2018 Nigeria Demographic Health Survey NDHS, the median age of sexual initiation among women is about 17 years. The MyQ and A service ensure that young people get factual information about staying safe and playing safe by ensuring that AYP can ask SRH questions for free. Through your donations that keep the MyQ&A service young people can receive information at no cost to them.

2. Making phone calls free. The MyQ&A hotline will remain free through your support. Young people can call and speak with a counsellor at no cost to them to get all the factual and non-judgemental information to make healthy choices

3. Training and supporting a counsellor to respond to sexual and reproductive health questions of young people. Your donations have supported and will continue to support the service to strengthen the capacity of counsellors to provide confidential information to young people.

Thank You!

They Ask, we Answer
They Ask, we Answer
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Providing Preventive Messages in a Captivating way
Providing Preventive Messages in a Captivating way

 

The Coronavirus pandemic has halted many activities including the provision of quality sexual and reproductive health services in many health facilities. However, the sexual and reproductive health of young people does not stop for the pandemic.  We may not be able to hold community activities but we decided to be more innovative and resilient by using our social media platforms to keep in touch with adolescents and young people. We do not only provide SRHR information but we also provide information around coronavirus, debunking myths around the virus, breaking stigma and discrimination associated with the virus and promoting accurate information on positive living.

We also commemorated this year’s menstrual health and hygiene day using a WhatsApp conference, were young people both males and females participated through interactive learning sessions.  The learning sessions provided information about how to maintain proper menstrual hygiene during the pandemic while staying safe and acting responsibly among others. We also used our Twitter account to advocate for quality and safe environment for girls through an engaging tweet chat on menstrual hygiene and the way forward post COVID-19.

By the use of Facebook, we promote useful information on coronavirus and encouraging young people to have a positive outlook through the period of the lockdown and the pandemic.

For young people who do not have access to social media platforms or the internet, we also provided them with information about the novel coronavirus through Short Messaging Services.  Weekly we send out bulk SMS to users of the Mobile Question and Answer Service so that no one is left out.

For young people who wish to reach out to us via calls, our Hotline is also available for young people to speak with a counsellor to help them relieve tension, and have hope.

Adolescents and young people been curious and wanting to know more about the coronavirus have been asking us questions like

  • If someone has sex with a COVID -19 carriers will the person be infected even they use a condom?
  • Is body contact a way of contracting COVID-19?
  • Can Corona Virus be contacted by any other place other than the face?
  • Is HIV related to coronavirus?

We are committed to ensuring that adolescents and young people have access to accurate and confidential information. To make sure that this happens, all our social media accounts and channels of communication are being used to disseminate the information so that no adolescent or young person is left out.

Between March and April 2020, we have received more 46,000 engagements this include likes, views, shares and comments. We also excited to let you know that 136 adolescents and young people participated in our WhatsApp conference.

Our condolences go with all who may have lost a family, friend and loved one to the virus and during this period.

We appreciate every donor who has continued to support the Mobile Question and Answer Service even through these uncertain times.

Interesting way to talk about SRH and corona virus
Interesting way to talk about SRH and corona virus
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E-flyer for WhatsApp Conference
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An excited student responding to a question

WHOOOPEEE! We are increasingly reaching more adolescents in rural Nigeria with sexual reproductive health information.

Young people are heterogeneous and have diverse needs. They can be found in urban, semi-urban and rural areas, some have access to education while others do not. They are influenced by their family, religion, peers, and environment. These influences may be positive, negative or conflicting. These influences may affect the kind of decisions they make in all spheres of their lives.  Being able to plan for the diverse groups and target their specific need is one way to reach young people with the right information they need to make informed decisions. One of our objectives is to provide sexual and reproductive health information to adolescents and young people in hard to reach spaces. In this reporting period, we will be sharing our engagements with young people in Taraba state.

It was an impactful experience and learning session for the students in Jalingo, Taraba state.  We discussed issues on sexual and reproductive health,  and body changes that both girls and boys experience during puberty. We also discussed good hygiene practices that adolescents can adopt to live healthy lives. Other issues that were discussed included basic information on HIV, its mode of transmission and prevention. In our visit, we reached 287 adolescents and young people in two separate schools. The sessions were participatory and the young people had lots of questions to ask. We responded to their questions and went further to introduce the MyQuestion service to the students; a service where a trained counselor is available to provide them with factual and non-judgmental responses to all their questions.  It is apparent from the MyQuestion platform that these young people we engaged with made immense use of the MyQuestion Service to ask questions about their sexual and reproductive health. This is evident as we had a 500% increase in the number of questions received from Taraba State this quarter (December 2019- February 2020) when compared with the last quarter (September –November 2019).

Some questions that were asked by the students include.

My boyfriend wants sex, but am still a virgin and not ready to break my virginity, what should I do in this situation? 17 Female from Taraba

I want to know how to track my menstrual cycle?  Am 21 Female from Taraba state

What is Masturbation? Female 16 years Taraba state

Just to mention a few.

Thank You! Your generous donations have supported us in providing young people with factual information. There are a lot of misconceptions around issues of sexual and reproductive health among adolescents and young people. Ensuring that they get the right information to help them live a fulfilled life is our greatest objective. Your continuous donations will help us provide more young people with factual information and refute misconceptions.

Students Listening with rapt attention
Students Listening with rapt attention
Empowering rural adolescents with SRH informed
Empowering rural adolescents with SRH informed
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Fadekemi Akinfaderin
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Abuja, FCT Nigeria
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