Human-centered Design Exchange (HCD Exchange) is entreating the youth against shying away from conversations on adolescent sexual reproductive health (ASRH) and making the right sexual decisions for themselves.
This follows various activities organised by the HCD Echange to provide a platform for the youth to contribute in the awareness of sexual reproductive health.
Today, 12th August which is observed as World Youth Day climax all social activities and creative challenges by HCD Exchange to raise awareness and include the youth on discussions of ASRH.
Speaking on Campus Exclusive show, Youth Laison and Advocacy Officer of HCD Exchange, Vicky Aridi reiterated the importance for the youth to find their voice and contribute to decisions concerning their sexual reproductive health.
“To all young people, always remember that as a young person you have so much potential. You have dynamic ideas and the power to propel whatever initiative you want done. In matters of sexual reproductive health, the power lies in your hand to make decisions and so make wise decisions. Do not shy away from conversations and always be open to learn.”
Programme analyst and design support, Stephanie Nekesa who was also on the show mentioned that one major challenge during the COVID19 pandemic is the alarming rise in teenage pregnancy. It is therefore crucial for adolescents to seek help from platforms such as VOICEUP and engage professionals in discussing sexual reproductive health.
“Covid19 started of as a joke mostly in African countries because no one expected it to be big as it is right now. It has especially affected the youth, with lock down and closure of schools; most of them do not have anything or game to get engaged in. So a case study report recently shows that, about 4,000 high schools got pregnant during the lock down. This is because most of these youth or young girls do not know about sexual reproductive health, and it’s often a taboo to even talk about family planning in some instances.” she added.
A major challenge in discussing ASRH in Africa is the lack of accurate data on the youth and sexua decisions they make. Most of the data available are reports from other continents and this poses a significant challenge in reaching out to people or solving a particular issue at the expense of another. Although we seek to promote adolescent sexual reproductive health, it is important that we start from home. That is East Africa, West Africa and extend it to other territories. Vicky Aridi noted.
VOICE UP is a platform that has been created by HCD Exchange for the youth to engage professionals in adolescent sexual reproductive health (ASRH). The youth mostly speak to their friends or other people in secrecy, so this is a website one can login to seek advice and help and not be shunned.
The Creative Challenge was also created for the youth to use various media(video, poster, memes, animation,etc) in addressing the sexual reproductive health of the youth. This challenge had received over 200 submissions, showing the youths readiness and eagerness to join in conversation’s of ASRH. The purpose of this challenge was to break the stigma around discussing adolescent reproductive health.
Dashmaster game was also launched and designed for young people around STD and HIV. The next level of the game is launched every two weeks and winners get amazing prices. A series of different games would be launched monthly for young people to have fun while learning about their sexual reproductive health.
HCD Exchange provide the space and platform for the youth to develop, express and bring on board creative ideas. There are also opportunities for everyone to heard and seen, with partnership between the UNFPA and governments; your vision is shared across the globe. You also get the opportunity to study a year aboard to harness your creative skills, build capacity and learn more on ASRH and also develop soft skills.
About HCD Exchange
Human-Centered design (HCD) principles in adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) programs allows implementers to offer youth-centered services while generating insights and evidence on human behavior that define solutions to ASRH challenges and facilitate new ways of working
The HCDExchange was created to promote and share experience, practices and tools to integrate HCD into ASHR programming, with a particular focus on countries in East Africa, West Africa, and South Asia. It also aims to help program implementers and evaluators collaborate with youth and understand their needs and desires related to health and sexuality.
The HCDExchange generates and builds upon HCD and ASRH information and resources and provides opportunities for researchers and program implementers, designers, evaluators, youth, and funders to work together.
Story by: Nana Abena Grant | universnewsroom.com