The project to raise awareness about risky sexual behaviour among adolescent girls and boys in four secondary schools aims to prevent teenage pregnancy – and indirectly, girls dropping out of school – as well as sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections. The aim is to raise awareness by and for students.
The best people to promote responsible sexual behaviour among young people are the young people themselves! About 50 young people have been identified to be the first ambassadors to their peers. They are trained, and then fifty other students willing to take part in the project are identified.
Supervised by the Doctors of the World team, the young people take ownership of the training content and translate it into their own language. Discussion groups, sketches, role-playing: they are free to choose on how to communicate the messages to their peers. The team remains available for personalized follow-ups with students who feel the need after the small group sessions.
Result: 228 students were informed, and about 20 of them were referred and accompanied in the existing health system for clandestine post-abortion complications or sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections.
In the field, young people may also need care. Doctors of the World refers them for medical examinations. Sometimes existing health facilities do not always have the resources to receive and treat them properly. Also, their teachers or parents are themselves not very aware of the problem, and they often hinder access to healthcare.