Nine communities in the Chadiza district of Eastern Province.
2011 – 2014
The local context
In Zambia around 66% of children marry under the age of 15, and many of the remainder by 18. Strong peer pressure to drink alcohol, and experiment with drugs and unprotected sex, results in high incidences of HIV, sexually transmitted disease, and unwanted pregnancies.
Promote information sharing, education and communication for adolescents on health issues.
Strengthen and improve the existing health services to provide quality, youth-friendly services.
Mobilise community support and increase advocacy for improved access and quality of young people's health services.
Education on noncommunicable disease risk factors and sexual health amongst young people aged 10-24 in disadvantaged communities.
Health and sexuality education was provided through school health clubs and through peer education with Youth Action Movement (YAM) members identified from the community and trained as Peer Educators.
Events and media such as community radio and drama groups were used to develop awareness in communities around key health issues. This included participation in World Aids Day - where Peer Educators provided information on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and young people took part in a march and drama performances to raise awareness.
Community leaders, service providers and young people were involved in the production of adolescent health themed radio programmes broadcast across the region. Parents and elders from the target communities ran sensitisations on key health issues affecting their communities to increase awareness.
Professional healthcare providers were trained in how to deal with young people and on privacy and accessibility of care issues. For example, a youth friendly corner was created in health centres to provide a place for young people to get information about their health, treatment and to get psychosocial support.
484 Peer Educators were trained, building the capacity of adolescents to become agents of change in their own communities.
22,443 young people were reached with adolescent health information directly by the campaign through community meetings and drama performances and 45,583 wider community members have been reached via radio shows.
9 youth friendly corners became fully operational and equipped, encouraging more young people to talk about their health and access services in an appropriate way. Clinics received higher numbers of people accessing their services as a first port of call (as opposed to traditional healers).
Distribution of contraceptives through service providers and young people was increased and freer discussion of sexual matters facilitated.
School health clubs, established by the YHP, continue to meet and grow – bringing young people together from within the schools and wider community to focus on their specific health needs.
Before the YHP Kondwa described himself as an alcoholic – regularly drinking large quantities and making reckless health decisions. Becoming a Peer Educator dramatically changed his outlook.
‘I acquired a lot of information that has changed my way of life, I stopped drinking alcohol and now spend most of my time at the health centre working to save other lives. I encourage my friends to visit the health centre whenever they have a problem…my ambition is to work in the health sector. I would like to manage a project like YHP myself’.