Provide Tech Health Solutions for Nigerian Youth

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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
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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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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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
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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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Location: Abuja, FCT - Nigeria
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Fadekemi Akinfaderin
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Abuja, FCT Nigeria
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