Teenage Sexual Health

We encourage greater public openness and frank discussion of adolescent sexual behaviour in order to counter the many misconceptions and prejudices held by adults and children concerning their bodies and emotions as they change with puberty. Our six-month radio series was so popular that it was repeated twice. This also resulted in several junior secondary schools using focal persons and peer educators. The overall goal is to contribute to reducing teenage sexual relations, forced marriages and maternal mortality, bearing in mind that childbirth is arguably one of the greatest killers of teenagers worldwide.

Female Genital Mutilation

Stopping female genital mutilation (FGM)

FGM is partial or total removal of the external genitalia of girls and young women. Though illegal, it is widely practiced in the region where we work, and is not specific to any particular religion. FGM is often considered a means of cleansing girls, raising them properly and preparing them for adulthood and marriage.

FGM has no health benefits, and it harms girls and women in many ways. Multiple health dangers are caused by the removal of healthy, normal genital tissue. It is a form of child abuse. Our work is essentially to open up this controversial matter to the widest possible public debate. It is dramatized on radio, exposed through phone-ins, and aired at public meetings seminars and workshops.

HIV/AIDS Prevention

This project aims to reduce the spread of the virus among age group 16 – 50. Public meetings are held at which causes, symptoms and prevention are discussed, and testing of blood carried out. Retroviral drugs are freely available. Emphasis is always on prevention.