The goal of this Planned Parenthood Global program is to improve the reproductive health status of in- and out-of-school youth by providing sexual and reproductive health education and clinical services.
This program uses youth peer providers (YPPs) in primary schools, secondary schools, and the community to share information related to reproductive and sexual health. Additionally, at the HopeCore offices, clinical services are offered through the office-based clinic and there is a youth center run by YPPs.
The youth center is overseen by the YPPs and gives youths a safe place to come access free wifi, TV, and career resources. Additionally, there is information available to these youths on sexual and reproductive health, as well as contraceptives available.
HopeCore has attended the ‘Train the Trainer’ workshop conducted by Planned Parenthood Global and completed and passed a post training assessment in spring of 2012. Nearly 130 youth peer providers (YPPs) have been trained throughout the program. The first year of the YPP program, implemented by HopeCore, included in-school presentations and community sensitization events to educate, serve, and mobilize the community on matters of sexual and reproductive health, with a specific emphasis placed on the importance of sexual and reproductive health among the youth. During the second year of the program, HopeCore conducted visits, twice per month, to school-based health clubs to continue to train a select group of students at each school on sexual and reproductive health topics, as well as issues related to hygiene. Community outreach events were very successful with a high participation rate and involvement of the entire HopeCore staff.
Between May 2013 and August 2013, 25 schools were reached with health education related to adolescent development and sexuality, reproduction, and contraception. 2,047 students received sexual and reproductive health education.
In 2014, HopeCore and the YPPs had multiple community outreach and sensitization events. In August, HopeCore held a talent show attracting over 600 area youths.
In addition to health education and community events, HopeCore also has a clinic available to youths. The YPPs in the community can refer their peers to the clinic. The nurse runs an open clinic on Mondays and Fridays at HopeCore offices from which she offers counseling, STI testing, and contraceptive distribution. Between November 2013 and October 2013, the office clinic distributed 723 combined oral contraceptives, 12,218 male condoms, 1,090 female condoms, 4 monthly injectables, 950 emergency contraceptives, 29 IUDs, and gave 72 Depo Provera injections.