Young people’s access to quality Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Information and Services is yet to be achieved; Socio-cultural, Religious and provider bias still remain some of the major hindrances to its achievement. Increase in the rate of SRH issues such as unwanted pregnancies, STIs and unsafe abortion is imminent if not matched with access to contraception and other sexual and reproductive health services.
Young people are digital natives who often use digital media platforms as a medium for information, education and communication. This medium is however yet to be optimized as a means for reaching young people and providing increased access to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) information and services.
A myriad of opportunities exists in digital media which can be leveraged on to create awareness on SRHR such as short movies, comedy skits, music videos, doodles and more which if maximized will result in increased awareness and access to quality SRHR information and services. For instance, digital consultation (one on one chat) with a service provider has the possibility to cut off bias and discrimination, a major issue faced by young people at a physical facility.
This session will highlight the potential in technology and media that CSOs, State Ministries of Health, and program managers can leverage on to promote access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Information and services for young people. Panelists share insights on how to leverage digital resources to increase access to quality health for all and ensure no one is left behind. Additionally, this session will expose media and communication organizations to a new genre of content with readily available audiences to be explored.
This session is hosted by HACEY Health Initiative