Youth Programming

Programmes developed for the general public are unlikely to meet the needs of young people. It is for this reason that addressing the health and development of young people promotes their adoption of healthy behaviours and in turn, ensures a healthy and productive future adult population. Society for Family Health (SFH) has over two decades of experience implementing youth-focused programmes and facilitating youth participation in health programmes beginning from 2005 when the organisation implemented the Comprehensive Integrated Approach to HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Project in Nigeria (CIHPAC).
Through the project, SFH was able to provide comprehensive basic healthcare packages to disadvantaged youths and children within and outside healthcare facilities. Since then, SFH has instituted a youth and family health strategic framework that guides its operations to make contributions to national efforts at ensuring that adolescents have access to youth-friendly services nationwide. Partnering with various state governments and development sector stakeholders, SFH has set up outstanding programmes that address the specific needs of adolescents and young adults. These programs educate and counsel young people in such capacities as gender relations and equality, mental health, responsible sexual behaviours, family planning practices, sexual and reproductive health, and HIV prevention and treatment.

 

Through the project, SFH was able to provide comprehensive basic healthcare packages to disadvantaged youths and children within and outside healthcare facilities.

Since then, SFH has instituted a youth and family health strategic framework that guides its operations to make contributions to national efforts at ensuring that adolescents have access to youth-friendly services nationwide. Partnering with various state governments and development sector stakeholders, SFH has set up outstanding programmes that address the specific needs of adolescents and young adults. These programs educate and counsel young people in such capacities as gender relations and equality, mental health, responsible sexual behaviours, family planning practices, sexual and reproductive health, and HIV prevention and treatment.

 

Several in-house tool-kits on programming for youth’s HIV and Family Planning (FP) interventions have been developed and deployed. SFH also contributes to the design and development of national toolkits for youth-interventions.

In 2015, SFH commenced implementation of a youth-focused health services project called “Adolescents 360” which is aimed at meeting the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) needs of adolescents (15-19-year-olds) in Nigeria. The project is jointly funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). For more information on the project and its results, please visit this link. SFH is also implementing an HIV Prevention module directed at adolescents and young people (AYP) on the Global Fund New Funding Model (NFM) grant in Nigeria. The AYP module is currently at its implementation phase after an action research that unequivocally unravelled vulnerability factors that predispose Adolescent and Young Persons (AYP) to HIV and AIDS.

This innovative action research provided empirical research evidence to inform health and social interventions to identify and mitigate the vulnerabilities of AYP to HIV. The AYP Prevention module is implemented in all Local Government Areas across three states – Akwa Ibom, Oyo and FCT Abuja. SFH is rolling out a basket of change ideas and implementation approaches that are specific to the various locations to address the fourteen vulnerabilities factors identified during the research. The target group for these interventions are Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) aged 15-24years. The intervention commenced in January 2018 and will be rounding up by June 2019. For more information on the project results, please visit this link.

In 2015, SFH commenced implementation of a youth-focused health services project called “Adolescents 360” which is aimed at meeting the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) needs of adolescents (15-19-year-olds) in Nigeria. The project is jointly funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). For more information on the project and its results, please visit this link. SFH is also implementing an HIV Prevention module directed at adolescents and young people (AYP) on the Global Fund New Funding Model (NFM) grant in Nigeria. The AYP module is currently at its implementation phase after an action research that unequivocally unravelled vulnerability factors that predispose Adolescent and Young Persons (AYP) to HIV and AIDS.

This innovative action research provided empirical research evidence to inform health and social interventions to identify and mitigate the vulnerabilities of AYP to HIV. The AYP Prevention module is implemented in all Local Government Areas across three states – Akwa Ibom, Oyo and FCT Abuja. SFH is rolling out a basket of change ideas and implementation approaches that are specific to the various locations to address the fourteen vulnerabilities factors identified during the research. The target group for these interventions are Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) aged 15-24years. The intervention commenced in January 2018 and will be rounding up by June 2019. For more information on the project results, please visit this link.

SFH is also implementing safe spaces intervention (SSI) through a Department for International Development (DFID) funded Maternal New-born and Child Health 2 (MNCH 2) Programme targeted at adolescents and young women in the North.

The SSIs are designed to create safe, confidential environments for discussions of issues that are often both personal and culturally sensitive. SSIs engage young married women aged 15 – 25 and equip them with the information and skills to improve their marital and familial relationships, family’s healthcare choices and financial future. These are implemented in Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Jigawa, Yobe and Zamfara States. The SFH consortium led project “Integrating Family Planning & Primary Healthcare Services Expansion in Community Pharmacies and Proprietary Patent Medicine Vendors” (IntegratE) project is focused on improving the quality of family planning and primary healthcare services offered by Patent and Proprietary Medicine Vendors (PPMVs) and Community Pharmacists (CPs) in Lagos and Kaduna states, with emphasis on adolescents and women in the lowest socio-economic quintile in selected communities. More recently and with funding support from a new donor AIDSFONDS, SFH is implementing an intervention in Taraba State that aims to minimize new cases of HIV infection while finding HIV-positive children that are 15 years old and below and linking them to appropriate treatment services. The project will be implemented in eight (8) local government areas in Taraba State beginning in Q1 2019.

Our youth programmes are participatory and draw upon the principles of human-centred design (HCD), behavioural science, community ownership and accountability.

Some of the lessons we have learnt over the years while programming for youths include the importance of ensuring linkages of youth programmes to out-of-school youths; the necessity of engaging young people through rallying points that bring them together to be entertained or solve problems and that significant growth and impact can be achieved through supporting small youth-led organisations. Young people can support the global family planning goals, UNAIDS goals, and sustainable development goals through volunteering for health interventions, advocating for impact within their communities and districts, and influencing peers to live healthier lives. To find out more about our youth programmes and how you can participate in any, contact us at info@sfhnigeria.org

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