Life Planning for Adolescents and Youths (LPAY)
To increase the demand for life planning information and services among young people, NURHI 2 Adolescents and Youth Demand Generation approach uses communication to increase adequate and accurate knowledge of contraceptive use, promote sexual responsibility and life planning among young people and trigger discussions about life planning at both the household and community levels. NURHI 2 does this through an integrated communication strategy that uses social mobilization, media campaigns, and entertainment education.
NURHI 2 works with existing social mobilization structures within the communities in Kaduna, Lagos and Oyo to create general awareness, establish basic knowledge about life planning and address ideational factors among the priority audience. The social mobilizers are trained on youth focused messaging and activities using Social Mobilizer’s Training Curriculum on Life Planning for Adolescent and Youth during Neighborhood Campaigns, Community Dialogue and Key Life Events to trigger life planning conversations both at the household and community levels.
LPAY Z-card guides young persons on how to make responsible life choices and healthy decisions about their reproductive health with complete and correct information, healthy attitudes, good decision-making, communication and life planning skills. Sexual feelings are normal but sexual activities should only be engaged in when one is
Youth Social Mobilisers sensitizing young people during Youth Engagement in Mushin LGA
consciously ready and fully convinced. There is therefore the need to respect one’s body and that of one’s partner. The young persons should never hesitate to talk to their parents, trusted friends or health workers if they feel pressured to have sex when they do not want to. They should resist sex based on transactions, pity or threat. As a young person, one’s own your body and must make conscious personal decision before one engages in sex.
NURHI 2 collaborates with National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to integrate life planning for adolescents and youth (LPAY) into existing HIV/AIDS Core Peer Educators Trainers (C-PET) structure in the three (3) intervention States as revealed in the Framework for NURHI 2 Engagement with NYSC.
In 2017, an impact analysis was carried out to determine the effect of NURHI’s intervention on adolescents and youth in its implementation cities between (2009 – 2014). The result of that analysis was impressive and showed that NURHI’s first phase interventions did have a positive result and created a slight shift in awareness and use of family planning methods among young people. In NURHI 2, Life Planning for Adolescents and Youth (LPAY) is an add-on to the current projects activities being implemented in Kaduna, Lagos and Oyo, with an intentional focus on adolescents and youth (aged 15-24 years).
Globally, many sexually active youths and adolescents want to avoid or limit pregnancy, while many others would want to wait before getting pregnant. These group of young persons may not know where to get contraceptives or may not be able to afford services, yet even when there is easy access, uptake may be difficult because of the stigma of their status as ‘not married’ and their inability to make decisions about their reproductive health.
Within the context of ensuring a supportive environment for meaningful participation of Adolescents and Youth in their health and well-being and thereby ensuring that their needs and views are fully considered in all Life Planning issues, efforts is made to achieve improved political commitment of government through policy actions, policy reforms and implementation, sustainable funding, leadership and popular support, media support and increased buy-in by relevant stakeholders.
In order to ensure that adolescents and youth receive competent and high-quality services that meet context specific needs, are based on evidence without medical and personal providers’ biases regarding use of all available contraceptives, NURHI 2 focuses on fostering an in-clinic environment that facilitates FP; training providers in counseling and contraceptive provision; and developing and disseminating the tools that enhance quality service deliver.
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