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Community Sexual Reproductive Health and HIV & Rights

Target 

  • Young people below 24 years
  • Adolescents¬†– in and out of school

Youths Friendly Corner (YFC)

SAIPEH has indicated 5 youths friendly corners in five health facilities in Kakamega County to enable young people access SHR services in a conducive environment. The youths are able to be attended to by the health professionals in an environment that is friendly. Services are provided in YFC are counseling, VCT, STI management, information.

SAIPEH aims at increased utilization and quality of comprehensive Sexuality and Reproductive Health (SRH) services, increased quality and delivery of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), Reduction of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and increased acceptance of Sexual Diversity and Gender Identity and spread of HIV/AIDS is halted and begins to reverse in Western Kenya. SAIPEH uses the following interventions:

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SAIPEHHIV/AIDS Awareness fighting for HIV/AIDS free Society. Photo: Courtesy

The main thrust has been the awareness and prevention campaign aimed at encouraging behavioral changes. SAIPEH uses participatory theater and video shows to pass over reproductive health and HIV/AIDS information. Use of skits/drama, songs, dance and puppetry has made it enjoyable and interesting to learn about sexuality education and HIV/AIDS.

SAIPEH has so far trained 2,000 teachers in Butere, Mumias, Vihiga, Hamisi, Emuhaya and Teso Districts in Western province. SAIPEH has supported 50 health clubs in schools to initiate and manage HIV&AIDS and adolescence reproductive health activities through peer training and information education and communication materials on the pandemic, Outreach to schools by us use of participatory theater, songs, dance and video shows, essay writing competition, Health clubs. As a result of this intervention SAIPEH has also developed an HIV and AIDS Handbook for Teachers that also been translated in Kiswahili and distributed to over 300 schools.

 

Teachers have also formed support groups for those who are positive. This project targets the school going youth.

 

The use of peer educators and CHW has paid dividends. We have seen an increase in demand for our services and more people come for condoms and IEC materials. The peer educators and CHW are involved in awareness, distribution of condoms, video shows, referral of peers and pregnant women for VCT and STI management. The overall aim is to encourage and sustain behavior change. They have monthly meetings to share experiences and learn about emerging issues. They also talk about antenatal and post natal services, family planning, nutrition, sexual reproductive health and rights and sanitation in homes. SAIPEH has trained 400 peer educators and 200 CHW from community, schools, youth and women groups, churches and mosques.