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Tune in and Learn: Radio powered education for Adolescent girls, married and unmarried.

Using a radio-based learning to provide access to sexual and reproductive health education for girls and women living in conflict-areas.

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What specific problem(s) are you trying to address?

Due to the ongoing conflicts in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), millions of children are affected most of whom are girls. In the Northern and Western Uganda many girls and women are victims of unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, sexually transmitted infections, and high-risk of childbirths. Reasons include inability to access sexual and reproductive health knowledge and information We believe that using radio-Radio powered education can address these barriers.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address?

We are still working on the different methods for increased community engagement as well as support for this method in the targeted communities, there are still families/community members who believe that sexual and reproductive health services should take place in hospitals and that alternative methods are not as effective and/or socially acceptable.

Explain Your Idea

We seek to develop an innovative using Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) for girls and women living in conflict-affected environments. While IRI is traditionally used to supplement formal education within schools, we are adapting IRI for distance sexual and reproductive health education. Users can gather in their communities three times a week to participate in the lessons, reducing barriers of access to information and knowledge. Classes can be facilitated by health workers (all from local communities) who completed training in IRI teaching methodology, reproduction, abortion, emergence contraception, male and female reproductive health, sex and sexuality, adolescent health, healthy pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases/infections/reproductive cancers, HIV/AIDS, contraception and extra. Committees provide ongoing classroom support, promote girls’ rights and aid in the monitoring and evaluation of classes. This community-driven approach creates a supportive environment where girls can receive quality education.

Name the three most important ways that your idea will address your identified problem(s).

-Impact users with knowledge and information -Provoke change in the users lives -Give measures to some of the problems which users encounter

How is your idea unique?

This project promotes a community-based education approach to increasing girls’ access to convenient and effective yet relevant sexual and reproductive health services. Firstly, it will provide educational opportunities within communities and supported by communities, eliminating the need for girls to walk long distances. Secondly, it will operate on a flexible schedule that allow learning from anywhere. Thirdly, it will work directly with communities to identify not only safe spaces for girls’ education but also local health workers whom the community will play a role in selecting. Additionally, as classes are radio based, if conflict escalates and communities/families are displaced, they can continue listening to the classes from their new location. Finally, This unique approach keeps girls safe while increasing their access to knowledge and information about sexual and reproductive health services.

What are some outstanding concerns or questions that you have regarding your idea?

We are tirelessly working on how we can bring this idea to life and make sure it accomplishes what it has been conceived for.

Who are your end users?

This project will target 1000 conflict affected girls and women married or unmarried aged 12-18 in Northern and Western Uganda who are the most vulnerable in the country.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Uganda

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Natural disaster
  • Armed conflict
  • Prolonged displacement
  • Extreme drought
  • Community at risk of disaster

Tell us more about the emergency setting that you intend to implement in

Northern and Western Uganda are currently hosting the world's largest number of refugees. Over 60% of the refugees are below the age of 24 years. Their health and rights are highly violated and they have no means of protection, girls are forced into early marriages, high rate of abortion, unwanted pregnancies and there seems to be no means to information access. We seek to address the barriers to lack of access to relevant information services about sexual and reproductive health services.

What is your organization's name?

Youth Contact Association

Tell us more about you.

Youth Contact Association (YCA) is a registered non governmental organization based in Uganda Vision: Together positively transforming and shaping Africa. Mission: Advocate for change in the African communities to foster permanent change and transformation for all. YCA is fully registered and incorporated as an NGO in 2013 (Reg No. 9628) and has since then executed its services in different parts of Uganda in pursuit of its vision. Many lives of young people have been transformed, jobs created, and the helpless people catered for. YCA works with low-income populations in Uganda which include slum communities and rural

Organizational Characteristics

  • Youth-led organization

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • Still in planning phase and does not exist yet

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • Yes, for less than a year.

Organization Location


What is your organizational status?

  • Registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Early Stage Innovation: exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.


Join the conversation:

Photo of Sarah Gibson

Have you considered having doctors come into these communities to facilitate the talks? It does not have to be a permanent situation, but if doctors are facilitators in a sort of clinic like atmosphere, at least initially, it is easier to break the cultural barriers claiming that sexual education should occur in hospitals. Basically, is there some way to bring the hospital to the community at first then slowly weaning to the radio implementation?

Photo of Joseph Mulabbi

Hi Sarah,
Thanks for asking and allow me say yes, we have approached different medical practitioners who will be directly involved in administering services to our clients in their locale in their local languages. A number of them have given us a green light and are willing to get on board once this idea becomes successful.
Nevertheless, we are doing our best to make sure our clients are given the best services required for them to stay abreast with reproductive health information and knowledge.

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