The delivery of reproductive health information, counseling and services to young people is an emerging area. Many efforts involve schools, Centers and community In-Reaches and Outreaches.
Center In-reaches is an indoor innovative way to reach to young people. This is done through educating the youth and giving services that are special and directly addresses their needs. Outreach on the other hand is an activity of providing services to the youth who might not otherwise have access to those services. A key component of outreach is that the groups providing it are not stationary, but mobile; in other words, they are meeting those in need of outreach services at the locations where those in needs are. In addition to delivering services, outreach has an educational role, raising the awareness of existing services.
October being a Cancer Awareness month, a worldwide annual campaign is held involving thousands of organizations who highlight the importance of cancer awareness education and research. Each year NairoBits participates in this campaign by creating awareness and giving services to the target group of young people between the ages of 17 – 24. This year, NairoBits was privileged to partner with Family Health Option (FHOK), Mater Hospital and Carolina For Kibera (Tabitha Clinic). The organizations conducted In-reach activities at three of NairoBits training centres to sensitize and give Youth Friendly Services (YFS) to the youth.
The following topics were covered;
- Breast Cancer (Self examination)
- Importance of Cervical Cancer screening
- Cervical Cancer Screening
- Menstrual Problems
- Sexual abuse/exploitation
- Healthy Relationships
- Early and unprotected sex
- HIV and STI’s infections
- Contraceptives use and their side effects
- STI’s screening and treatment
The aim of the awareness campaign is to inform young people about the importance of having cancer check-ups at an early stage and to encourage them to seek cancer check-up services which are offered at a very nominal cost or free of charge at most nearest Youth Friendly Clinics.
The awareness campaign reached out to a total of 192 young people. Our appreciation goes to all the organizations that participated in making the campaign a success.