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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
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

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
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Facilitator Providing Tips to Manage Menstruation
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Young Boy Asking Question

“Thank you for sharing ways to care for an HIV positive person to me; God bless you.”  21 years old male

From a satisfied user of the mobile question and answer service.

Young people are at the heart of all of our programming. Reaching them with the right information allows them to make informed  decisions that can improve their life and providing then with MyQuestion service helps them to stay informed. This is a key objective for us.

To contribute to actualizing the sustainable development goals, particularly the goal 3 which focuses on health ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. The target 3.5 specifically recommends “to strengthen prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotics drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol.  

To ensure we do not sound uninteresting and repetitive to young people, we took a different strategy to reach them with information on HIV prevention, transmission and treatment.  

As young people grow, they form their values from their family, the society and their friends. This influence could be positive or negative. This influence can affect their choices and decisions, that can make or ruin their future. Our role is to provide them with factual information that will allow them make informed decision. In this quarter, our conversations focused on two important ways through which HIV can be transmitted; it include  1. that the use of drugs can impair a ones's judgment and that people who engage in unprotected sex with infected partners under the influence of drugs are at risk of HIV infection, and  2. that people who inject drugs and share needles or other drug equipment are also at risk of contracting HIV and other STIs.

We observed that even though the young people know about not sharing sharp objects and that they should not  engage in unprotected sexual intercourse they did not understand it from the issue of drug abuse. The talk with the young people was expository and enlightening, and the young people were excited to learn something new

A young person had this to say,

“Thank you for telling me how to prevent HIV, I didn’t know about this information.”  19 years old Female 

In this quarter, 3993 adolescents accessed sexual and reproductive health information through the mobile question and answer service. 40%  this number are males and 59% are females both of which are between 9-24 years 

To achieve this, we leveraged on partnership and support from individuals and organisations who share common interest with us, just like you. Thank you for your consistent support to our project and we look forward to more contributions.

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A Young Girl Asking Question
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Fadekemi Akinfaderin
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Abuja, FCT Nigeria

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