As a Resource Person for the Access, Services and Knowledge (ASK) Project while at Family Health Options Kenya, I mobilized young people (10-24 years) to access the FP services through health education sessions and information sharing at the University .The new media strategy and health forum approach at outreaches was a buy in.
Being the Chairperson of the Kenya Red Cross University,the leadership position was an add on to reaching thousands of young people in campus and even others from the community with a response rate of 80% on the initial target. The services were scaled up due to the demand creation initiative and young people accessed services at outreaches and those who never received immediate services due to their commitments,they were referred to the YFSs via social media
Giving a voice to the girl child is my goal. Hearing of young ladies loosing their lives as a result of unsafe abortions in informal settlements caught my attention while interning at FHOK . I would like to see a society where every pregnancy is wanted, every child birth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. Addressing high rates of maternal morbidity and mortality due to unsafe abortion is key and this is only possible if young people are informed on Comprehensive Sexuality
The biggest challenge in the reproductive health field is the conflict between religion and human rights. The faith based organizations talk of morals while we focus on SRH rights. Advocacy has been the key approach in decriminalizing reproductive rights which are human rights that have to be be upheld with uttermost dignity. Teenage Pregnancy campaigns especially in Kilifi County of Kenya are going on and the Community has been engaged through the Community Learning Program to create awareness
In Kenya's Kilifi County, the biggest obstacle has been Cultural interplay in development.Community Ignorance also has also played part in the derailing of advocacy initiatives. As a website contributor for the "Youth for Change " website, I echoed the same through article development http://www.youthforchange.org/latest-posts/2016/3/14/59uv9jm523wchx9yqrq... .Policy dialogue and advocacy, interventional media campaigns and awareness of appropriate policies can be a step forward.
By 2020, I will have lobbied for young people to be equally involved governance and decision making by actively participating in formulation of policies .I would like to have empowered young people to spearhead the slogan #FULL ACCESS #FULL CHOICE of FP through advocacy and demand generation in order to help cut down the 18% teenage pregnancy rate in Kenya; a rate that has remained unchanged for the last 5 years