Thanks these are very good comments which will help to refine the idea. You are correct there are many risks facing adolescent in the refugee camp we are proposing to test the idea. We pathfinder implement program in areas hard to reach were others may hesitate to go without fear or boundaries. Pathfinder have a strong presence in the region and we will leverage resources from our integrated Population Health Program ( PHE) we are implementing in the region to continue implementation of the ideas after pilot testing. We are going to engage village and council leaders and influential people in the community for buy in and support since inception. This approach will be critical in addressing the community norms which prevents adolescent from accessing services. The camp is surrounded by four facilities which offer services like contraceptives, HIV counseling and testing, cPAC, GBV screening and support. There is also a gender desk in each police stating offering support to SGBV victims. We will link the adolescent to these services using mobile APP. In fact we will identify a focal person in each service point --i.e facility, police and village social desk to support youth. We have already contacted representive from UNICEF working in the area who are working with district development officers and they have committed to work with us to link the groups with the existing income generation activities in the camp areas. The mobile Application we are proposing to use have already been developed and we are using to offer SRH services particular family planning in our project in Shinyanga region. We are planning to update and add few modules to capture wide range of SRH services as we refine the idea.
Our goal is to provide comprehensive SRH services to youth in the setting where adolescent don't know their SRH rights and there are community norm and culture which denies their right. The adolescent told us, they start sex very early from 14 years and lack skills to make appropriate choices to prevent them from getting pregnant and their parents are not communicating freely about sexual issues to them . Most of them get married at 16 if they complete primary education without getting pregnant. Sometimes it is their parents who arrange for early marriage to get dowry. So many people influence their mindset and we will identify them and develop appropriate dialogue with them to support adolescent reach their goals.
Pathfinder is implementing the integrated approach known as Population Health and Environment (PHE) in the region. The program aims to sustain the natural resources along Togwe forest reserve area ( where camp is located) and improve health and well being of the population. We promote use of family planning for health timing spacing pregnancy and household to have small family size they can manage and reduce destruction of natural resources for food security. We work with the community to develop alternative livelihood means to reduce pressure in the environment. We will integrate educate the adolescents on links between family planning and natural resource management and promote them to practice positive health and environment behaviors.
This is amazing idea.. but implementing may be a big challenge because the ministry of health in Tanzania and the teacher may not be open to provide reproductive education in schools.. how are you going to get their buy in ?
You talked about linking the adolescent with entrepreneurship-- this is fantastic idea but how long is the training, what will be the content and how will it link with their current school based curriculum?
It will be very helpful to monitor those who received the entrepreneurship skills if they are applying it to generate income after completing the school. You may also need to target male students because girls dont get pregnant in isolation!