20 February 2019
Organization of Africa Youth Kenya
In support of FP2020 and Every Woman Every Child, Organization of Africa Youth through its multi-partner coalition, commits to advocating for the provision of rights-based adolescents and youth friendly health services (family planning and RMNCAH) by reaching at least 5,000 adolescents and youth, 1,000 front line health services providers, and 500 religious and cultural leaders. Furthermore, we commit to influencing the content of the Kenya National Youth Policy and at least three other relevant policies, to reflect the current and emerging issues related to family planning and every new born action plan by advocating for improvement in access to, and quality of healthcare for young women and newborns by 2020. We will achieve this through youth led coordinated advocacy from the grass root level through citizens’ hearings and existing accountability structures in Kenya and also work with the government to disseminate, Adolescents and Youth Friendly Health Services Training Manual that we jointly contributed to, for health service providers.
This commitment has a non-financial value of 50,000 USD and will be implemented in Kenya, mores specifically in: Nairobi North Region – Kasarani and Kariobangi, Kisumu (Muhoroni), Busia Town (Matayos), Siaya (Alego) and Narok East.
The commitment made by the organization of Africa Youth Kenya commenced in October 2017, and has seen much progress since. To begin with, the organization, through the multi-sectoral partnership conducted desktop research situation analysis in Kenya to determine the major issues affecting the adolescent girls and young women, analyzed the existing policies touching on their health and well being including the Kenya national youth policy, in order to come up with evidence based advocacy themes. This revealed that the most pressing issue among adolescents was teenage pregnancy owing to several factors among them lack of information among adolescents and young women concerning their sexual and reproductive health and rights. This has resulted in three meetings with the Ministry of Health officials to formulate IEC materials to use in educating the adolescents and young women on their sexuality and general reproductive rights.
The major achievements are listed below;
• Formation of IEC materials to use in education of the adolescents and young people on their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
• Completion of the Adolescents and Youth Friendly Services training manual that is used by the Ministry of Health to train its service providers on provision of Adolescents and Youth Friendly Services.
• 2 mobilization forums with young people in Kisumu county
Several linkages have also resulted, as organizations have stepped in to offer mainly technical support during the implementation.
The best practice identified was one on one advocacy calls; both with the young people and government officials. This is because then you can read the physical reactions, and probe to get both the information and support that you need. It also makes accountability easier. The major lesson learnt is the need to plan advocacy meetings with high ranking government officials early enough, because getting them to create the time amidst their busy schedules can be quite a challenge.