Promotion of sexual and reproductive health services among girls and women affected by disaster
Reducing the number of teenage pregnancies.
What specific problem(s) are you trying to address?
Access to family planning and contraception is a fundamental dimension of sexual and reproductive health and health rights. However, many Malawians are unable especially the adolescents to enjoy their rights. This in-turn have an unintended impact on the lives of women and girls who cannot fulfill their right to education, health and employment due to several challenges such as:Lack of confidentiality by health providers and privacy. Provider biases, where Providers who believe that contraceptive have a negative impact to adolescents such as inhibiting future fertility may refuse to serve young people, or they may restrict access to certain contraceptive methods.Few contraceptive options. Lack of online youth friendly service link.
What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address?
• There is lack of information and knowledge among adolescents about Family Planning methods
• Lack of confidentiality and privacy
• Few contraceptive options
• Financial barriers
• Legal and policy barriers
• Gender norms
• Lack of youth friendly approach on family planning service delivery
• Lack of involvements of youth in implementing family planning projects
Explain Your Idea
PMHA understands that addressing Family Planning needs among girls and women is a vital intervention, through formulations of groups, in these groups girls can access FP services freely, they can share experience to motivate others and online platform, currently there is lack of a girls SRH health hub to act as portal for online counseling and accessing updated information.
Name the three most important ways that your idea will address your identified problem(s).
•90% of adolescents will have accurate information on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights as well as Family planning services. Youths will have be able to make their own fertility choices after having information on their reproductive health and have access to different methods of modern family planning methods
• Youth clubs will be established where the adolescents will be empowered with sexual reproductive issues and rights which will help them to make informed choices. Role models will also be motivating the adolescents to encourage them to use FP so as to achieve their goals.
•Health providers will adopt new friendly approach in service delivery such as online counselling
How is your idea unique?
This idea has a component of youth friendly health service delivery, since There is also a remarkably high unmet need for contraceptive use among adolescents as in 31% of male and 15% of female adolescents use modern contraceptives methods.
What are some outstanding concerns or questions that you have regarding your idea?
if there is no immediate action early pregnancies will continue to increase leading to high school drop outs rates and over population.
Who are your end users?
Addressing the issue now will help in reducing the number of teenage pregnancies among girls . This will also help the girls to continue with their education as to be productive citizens of the country. Since there is too much congestion of public resources due to over population which results from poor or no utilization of Family planning among the youths, addressing the problem will help to reduce the population and strain on the available resources. This will also help in achieving the Government of Malawi’s plan of improving the quality of life of its people through promotion and practice of family planning (FP).
Where will your idea be implemented?
What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?
Tell us more about the emergency setting that you intend to implement in
In Malawi use of modern contraceptives among married adolescents aged 15-19 is just 26% and 24% among the unmarried but sexually active adolescents. There is also high unmet need for FP among the 15-19 yearolds with 27% adolescents desiring to delay or space their pregnancies. In the most recent DEMOGRAPHI Health Survey (DHS), 26% -29% of women aged 15-19 are either currently pregnant or mothers where northern region part of Malawi Has the highest percentage.
What is your organization's name?
PARTNERS IN MOBILE HEALTH AFRICA
Tell us more about you.
Partners in Mobile Health Africa (PMHA) is the youth lead undisputable health leading action oriented, non-profit non-governmental organization that champions mobile health services in Malawi. It Was registered under the Trustees Incorporation Act of the Republic of Malawi in 2016. Its registration number is TR/INC 7425 .Partners in Mobile Health Africa is in partnership(PMHA) with the ministry of Health through Mzimba North DHO on Family planning services provision among the youth. PMHA in partnership with CCAP of Livingstonia Synod Health Department on promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights among youths. It is also a member of United Nation Global Compact.
What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?
Regional - within countries in 1 geographic region
Experience in Implementation Country(ies)
Yes, for more than one year.
Expertise in Sector
Yes, for less than a year.
Partners in Mobile Health Africa was registered under the Trustees Incorporation Act of the Republic of Malawi in 2016. Its registration number is TR/INC 7425 and it base in Mzuzu
What is your organizational status?
Registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.
What is the maturity of your innovation?
Roll-out/Ready to Scale: Completed a pilot and am ready / in process of expanding.