1. Capacity Building and Skill Development Trainings.

Seminars, Workshops, Training sessions, scientific presentation sessions, Focus Group discussion for adolescent and women, adolescent/youth camps etc. are organized by CAWHI. This is to equip practitioners in the field of Adolescent Sexual and Women Reproductive Health with the needed knowledge and skills in handling adolescent and Women health issues.

Training of healthcare professionals, stakeholders and technical experts/policymakers through short courses on relevant fertility, maternal mortality, STIs, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health policy topics in the region.

Innovative initiatives and evidenced based practice for promoting adolescent sexual health among youth through capacity-building programs that provides staff training, technical assistance, resource materials, and policy recommendations to create organizational change that facilitates staff members’ abilities to promote sexual and reproductive health for adolescents and women are presented.

2.  Outreach

Outreach is our most effective way of reaching people and communities who don’t have access to healthcare services and comprehensive information on adolescents and women’s health. We will drive, fly, sail or trek to rural and remote communities lacking basic healthcare services especially in Adolescent and Women Reproductive Health services just to bring healthcare to their door steps.

Our outreach services take a range of free high-quality Adolescent and Women Reproductive Health services to people who wouldn’t be able to access it any other way. We reach out to people living in remote, rural locations and urban slums where clinics and hospitals are scarce, too expensive to reach, or there’s a shortage of skilled staff and equipment in providing Adolescent and Women Reproductive Health services.

We reach out to People living in areas where healthcare options in Adolescent and Women Reproductive Health services are limited. We reach out to People living in poverty who can’t afford basic healthcare or check-ups. We reach out to young people, particularly young girls, and Women with conditions who are put off by services that may be judgmental or non-confidential, stigmatized and discriminatory.

 

Community Engagement and Mobilization:

CAWHI specifically targets gatekeepers (parents, religious leaders, teachers, health providers, and others) who influence young people’s behaviors and engage them early and often.

Working with community groups, rather than targeting individuals alone, will have a high-impact on contraceptive practice by influencing adolescent behaviors and social norms around Adolescent and Women Reproductive Health.

We believe that, community Group and stakeholder Engagement will have a changing Norms to Improve Sexual and Reproductive Health of adolescents.

3. Establishing Youth-Friendly Healthcare Centres

Many of the barriers that youth face in accessing health services are unique to young people due to their stage in life and associated special needs, perceptions, and abilities. Youth-friendly services are services that all adolescents are able to obtain, and these services should meet adolescents’ expectations and needs and improve their health.

The centre in collaboration with partners, stakeholders, cooperate institution and other NGOs will establish youth- friendly healthcare centre and provide such services to all adolescents within the African region.

Youth-friendly services are able to effectively attract young people, meet their needs comfortably and responsively, and succeed in retaining young clients for continuing care. Services provided will be Equitable, Accessible to all adolescents, Acceptable, Appropriate, and effectively provided.

4. Behavior Change Communication Campaigns

A wide variety of comprehensive sex education programs are included in this synthesis. This program is comprehensive and its key focus is on improving reproductive health outcomes (e.g., preventing pregnancy, increasing STI/HIV knowledge).

In general, the comprehensive sex education programs are targeted towards promoting abstinence and contraception. Many of the comprehensive sex education programs in this synthesis are administered in a school-based setting, several others in community-based organizations. Activities under this includes:

  • Youth development programs:
  • Abstinence and Contraceptive Education programs:
  • Female-only programs
  • Parent-youth relationship programs.
  • Programs with a booster component:

5. Advocacy

CAWHI actively engages in advocacy to ensure a strong policy framework to address potential barriers and active discouragement of harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation and violence related to sexuality and reproduction

6. Research for Evidence

CAWHI engages in a number of Research, Surveys and experimental studies in the area of Adolescent and women reproductive health issues across the African region to come up with evidence for intervention designs and solution to reproductive health issues of adolescent and women.