Sexual and Reproductive Health

The project promotes the ease of access to sexual and reproductive health knowledge and services for out of school youths, adolescent mothers, commercial sex workers and women living with HIV/AIDS.

This is done through the integration of adolescent health programs, family planning, maternal and child care and poverty eradication.

A broad knowledge base, coupled with confidential and friendly service, empowers girl children and mothers into making responsible reproductive health decisions on delaying the sexual debut and child bearing, and using dual protection so as to avoid unintended pregnancies and MTCT of HIV.

CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES

Project objectives
1. Increase knowledge and life skills on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) among adolescent girls, young mothers, and high risk groups such as commercial sex workers.
2. Increase accessibility to youth-friendly Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) services. Through these VCT centers youths will gain understanding of their sexual and reproductive health and rights to safe sexual intercourse as well as know their HIV status.
3. Teach and raise awareness on gender equity in promoting safe sex and reproduction.

HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED

1. Capacity building
To ensure that health providers, both community health workers and volunteers, are prepared to implement a high-quality service.
2. Community-based care and support services
Community based care was carried out at both RPSA youth villages and community gatherings, and radio stations were used as a conducive medium to discuss social and cultural norms that hinder sexual and reproductive health education and rights.
3. Home based care for People Living With HIV/ AIDS
As part of the integrated Sexual Reproductive rights and health of people living with HIV/AIDS, this project intends to address inclusion of palliative and nutritional care of PLWHA.

CAMPAIGN INNOVATIONS

-Peer education and group mentorship
-Using social events such as football matches to disseminate the information.

CAMPAIGN IMPACT

A total of 309 adolescents in schools, in 5 different schools, are engaged in our weekly ASRHR education sessions. Of these 83.6% are female and 16.4% are male.

A total of 50 community health care providers - 10 from each of the five sectors - are engaged through our youth friendly services, care for PLWHIV and PMTCT.

An integrated sexual and reproductive education curriculum and manual have been developed in the local language and over 300 copies have been distributed.

CHALLENGES FACED

- Interference from people with a conflict of interest ,where some officials were on the verge of stopping the project because of their selfish interests.
- Finances when working with volunteers, who wanted every thing facilitated.
- Working with volunteers who are not human activist oriented but rather money oriented.

LESSONS LEARNT

- I learnt that in everything one is doing, however good, there will always be people that are against it. And therefore one should be ready to face such a situation.
- I also learnt that good work will always prevail in any circumstance.

COUNTRY

Rwanda

CITY

Kigali

WEBSITE

http://www.rpsa.rw

FACEBOOK PAGE

https://www.facebook.com/RPSARwanda/

TWITTER PAGE

https://twitter.com/RPSARwanda