Sexual and Reproductive Health Education

This project will address problems related to sexual reproductive health challenge of young people particularly those in the age group between 15 and 24 years old in Unga Limited and Sokon1 wards of Arusha city. The two wards are slum areas with high population of youth living in poverty with high rate of crimes, unemployment and drug abuse. Most parts of the area are congested and dirty characterized with narrow paths and shacks, where sewage water flows close to pedestrians paths. One of the major challenges facing youth in the area is lack of sexual reproductive health and family planning education and services.

The recent study (October 2015) by CASEC in collaboration with YES-Tanzania showed that young people in the study area particularly girls and young women were unable to access information and services for protecting their sexual reproductive health and how to plan their lives. Family planning techniques including the use of contraceptives among young women and girls is very low hence resulting into unplanned pregnancies. Because of unplanned pregnancies, there has been reported number of unsafe abortion cases which led into death and life threatening incidents for many girls. Implementation of this project will help young people particularly girls to be more aware on sexual and reproductive health

What change the project is trying to bring about?

The recent study on youth in the area shows that apart from increasing demanding on access to better education, access to employment, behavioral change programmes, recognition and dignity; young people in Unga limited and Sokon1 wards need improved access to sexual reproductive health information and education as well as better family planning services. The project will educate young people on sexual reproductive health issues; create awareness to both youth in and out of schools on issues related to safe sex, effects of unsafe abortion, life skills, and effects of early parenthood. The project will lobby various stakeholders particularly Government institutions and local NGOs at district and region levels so that youths in the area have better and sustainable access to sexual reproductive health and family planning education also access to services. The project will form six youth health groups which will be used as platforms for youths to discuss and learn various health issues affecting them