Online safe spaces to promote adolescent and youth SRHR

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A growing body of evidence shows that young people are repeatedly utilising the digital world as a key source of information about sexuality (UNICEF, 2019). In Kenya, this increasingly became the case after the government imposed restrictions to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Public health campaigns urged people to stay at home and minimise social interactions. The lockdowns and curfews interrupted young people’s access to sexual reproductive health services and information.

Findings from a rapid assessment survey conducted by the Faya project in December 2020 revealed that 60% of the respondents who were adolescents, have access to digital devices for communication. The survey also recommended the use of technology and social media for community entry and advocacy approaches. 

As a learning project, Faya has been providing safe and interactive online digital spaces for young people to share interact and learn from each other as well as SRHR experts in Kenya, while emphasising on COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control strategies. This has continuously ensured that their information needs on key LSE topics, trending ASRHR issues facing adolescents in the COVID-19 context and the UN recognised Reproductive Health International days such as the World Contraception Day, are met.

As a result, a wealth of information is being on ASRHR topics such as HIV/AIDS, SGBV and Contraceptives. Key stakeholders including

policy makers are committing to provide more safe platforms for young people to engage and identify solutions for their SRHR needs. In addition, the online discussions are creating awareness on AfRika as a knowledge hub and increasing Faya’s followership on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, in readiness for the digital platform being developed by the digital delivery partner YLabs.

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