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Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancies and STDs in Zambia

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Youth First Development

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

As a youth led youth focused organisation, we are concerned with the increase in percentage of adolescent especially girls practicing behaviors that continue to increase their risk of HIV infection.

Our report shows that there are wide misconceptions on pregnancy, with 47.7% of male youths believing that having sex with a girl just once would not make her pregnant. We also observed the lack of capacity to say ‘No’ to sex from female youths, with 60% of adolescent girls admitted to have been pressured into having sex in the past. Furthermore, at least 16.9% of adolescent girls in the 15 to 19 age group had non-consensual sex, with 57.9% that their first sexual intercourse was without their voluntary consent.
High alcohol consumption among adolescents and youths has also become a major concern in Chibombo with over 60% of the adolescent boys consuming alcohol and engaging in unprotected sex.

The problems a lack of sexual education brings can be severe especially to females as it often leads to rape, unprotected sex and or early pregnancy, forcing female youths to have to drop out of school. The Youth First Development believes that the roots of these problems are the result of adolescents’ limited access to sexual and reproductive health information and services.

What is your project and how will it help?

The project will focus on increasing comprehensive HIV knowledge among adolescent girls and boys
This reducing their vulnerability to early marriages, early pregnancies, and HIV/STIs infection as well as access to information on HIV counseling services and testing and the use of condoms.

This will be done through Life Skills Education, Advocacy and Youth friendly structure strengthening. This program represents an important part of Community Development as they relate to the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs goal number 6 “of to combating HIV and AIDS as the country strives to have a Zambia free of HIV by 2030).

The project will contribute to the reduction of adolescents’ risk and vulnerability to HIV by increasing their access to gender-sensitive knowledge and Life skills education.

To achieve this, the project will use its proven, innovative and cost effective methodology to specifically:

1. Enhance capacity among peer educators to facilitate life skills education, sexual reproductive health and HIV information to their peers (30 peer educators)
2. Increase access to life skills, sexual and reproductive health, and HIV information by the adolescents (400 adolescents)
3. Reduce number of adolescent girls dropping out of school as a result of early pregnancies and marriages (reduce by 30%)
4. Increase participation of local policy makers in promoting Life skills education and parent/ teacher to child dialogue on critical issues of sexuality (15 Local leaders including elected leaders)

How can other people partner with you on your project?

Other partners can support our project by

- directly funding the project
- capacity building of project staff and volunteers
- provision of equipment and goods
- linking to other organizations as well as exchange programs

Please detail the resources that you need.

The project requires:

Training of Volunteers in Training for Transformation US$5,000
Training of Adolescents in Sexuality Education US$5,000
Establishment of Youth Friendly Sexuality Education Centres US$15,000
Training of Adolescents as Community Key Correspondents US$5,000
Supplies and Small Equipment US$5,000
Research and Communication US$4,000
Programme Support including Monitoring and Evaluation US$6,000
Human Resources US$5,000
Total Requested US$50,000

capacity building of project staff and volunteers

provision of any equipment and goods useful to the project

Further information

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Partnership types

Advocacy of global issues; Project funding; Provision of services / personnel; all (4)

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Zambia

Global issues

Children, youth and family welfare; Education and training; Gender issues; HIV/AIDS, all (4)


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