1) What is the ultimate goal of this project or how would you define success?
The goal of this project is to increase knowledge and uptake of SRHR and family planning services among 4500 youth aged 12-25 in Nakivale refugee settlement within one year from project inception. How would you define success? Success will be defined by assessing behavioral change patterns among adolescents and youth in Nakivale Refugee Settlement and surrounding communities based on indicators like reduced teenage pregnancies cases by 40%, reduced child marriages by 60%, increased uptake of SRHR and family planning information and services and other indicators by 60% by end of the project implementation period.
2) Would like to know more about the Community Health Campaigns (CHC) and what they would look like and what impact they are intended to have?
Community health campaigns (CHC) will be organized events for SRHR awareness and health service delivery at grassroots/community levels mostly targeting women and young girls in the refugee settlement and surrounding communities. The campaigns will be multi-stakeholder focused where RACD will work with different health service providers to address different SRHR and family planning concerns to more than 68,000 adolescent girls, youth girls and women at the grass root levels. The campaigns will as well equip males with information to understand their roles in supporting girls’ and women’s rights to access SRHR and family planning services. CHC will focus on providing services such as HIV counseling and testing, other STIs testing and treatment, Cervical and breast cancer screening, family planning services and other services. These CHC will help the direct and indirect beneficiaries to get their age appropriate knowledge of and access to appropriate SRHR and family planning information and services which will accelerate the uptake of these services in the refugee settlement and surrounding communities. This will at the end help the beneficiaries to make informed SRHR and family planning choices.
3) How do you plan to make this model sustainable in the long term?
The multi-stakeholder model that will involve 200 peer educators, 200 Village Health Teams (VHTs), 50 Health policy makers and implementers plus 150 health services providers (health workers) will help in sustaining this model in the long term through; (1) Prioritizing in increasing adolescents and youth SRHR programming by policy makers and implementers, (2) The trained peer educators and VHTs will continue championing adolescents’, youth and women SRHR information and appropriate service delivery in the refugee settlement and surrounding communities, (3) The established partnerships and collaborations with different health service providers will help them to understand and continue providing appropriate SRHR and family planning information and services to adolescents, youth and women in our target communities and even beyond. This will help the beneficiaries’ access friendly sustainable health services in the long run.
4) Given that the project may work with youth from Burundi, DRC Congo, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan, how does the applicant intend to navigate the different languages spoken by this diverse group? Also, some of the key users may be suffering from trauma (both mental and physical); how does the applicant intend to approach this sensitive topic?
It should be noted that more than 80% of the refugees in Nakivale Refugee Settlement have learn Kiswahili as a commonly spoken/used language in the settlement. More to that, some of RACD staff and volunteers are proficient in developing and training people in Swahili language. We shall also work hand in hand with local interpreters for different languages like French and other languages during our implementation of the project. Therefore RACD shall develop training materials in both English and Kiswahili to help in successfully implementing this project in the settlement and surrounding communities. RACD has professional counselors, psychologists and sign language experts who will work hand in hand with counselors and psychologists existing in the refugee settlement to make sure that some of the beneficiaries with trauma (both mental and physical) can as well fully benefit from the project.
Thank you Sarah, we are planning a youth livelihood program targeting key populations and the Most at risk population to equip them with life planning and vocational skills to sustain themselves better. This will reduce poverty levels and dependency burden which has forced many in to commercial sex. We can share more ideas on how we can make this livelihood program a reality.