Corona virus pandemic have engulfed the world disrupting different activities in the world. There is no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic will bring about the most significant global economic changes that will be felt for generations. The number of infections surging with the global tally skyrocketing over 2 million. Countries have introduced border lock down, banning gatherings and closing churches and schools. For most countries, the impact will be severe, but for developing countries – and those in Africa in particular it could be catastrophic.
Nairobi is one of the worst hit counties with Covid 19. Government announced cessation of movement in and out of the county. Focus diverted policies and frameworks to keep their economies afloat and protect micro, small and medium-sized enterprises from going out of business.
Students directed to study online from home are roaming in the streets. Parents have the responsibility to provide information and guidance to adolescent girls on matters of their reproductive health. In Kawangware, Dorothy a mother of four. laments that the burden of engaging her daughters on reproductive health cannot be a priority. She is always busy selling in the market to provide for the family.
World Health Organization says that access to effective contraception is one of the most cost-effective interventions to reduce maternal mortality through preventing unintended pregnancy, thereby protecting an individual’s physical and mental health.
In response to this gap, Dream Achievers Youth Organization (DAYO) through their SRHR Youth Advocacy Mombasa (SYAM) project, are strengthening interventions on Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights .
This will see Adolescent girls achieve their dreams by reducing teenage pregnancies. School activities such as dancing and community theatre outreaches,are models to create awareness and increase demand for access to ASRHR by adolescents and young people.
Nairobi County Health Officer Douglas Kibanda appreciating the collaborations by non-profit organizations says that reproductive health services been cascaded to community health facility. The model by government have utilized youthful staff and reproductive health experts that is very responsive to needs of the target population.