Youth in Kenya can now access information about their sexual and reproductive health after the Ministry of Health set up a platform designed to provide them with information in a simple and credible way.
The platform, called Lifeyangu.com, was launched today by Dr. George Rae, the incumbent CEC for Health, Kisumu County, in collaboration with a consortium of local and international organizations led by the German Foundation for World Population (DSW) and Bayer East Africa.
Life Yangu will provide information to Kenyans between the ages of 18 and 24, giving them easy access to sexual and reproductive health services by mapping health facilities in their area and creating a safe environment for youth to share information. So far 106 public clinics are planned for the first phase of the project.
The idea of the platform arose from the challenge of accessing credible reproductive health specialists and information online in Kenya and the growing need to provide youth with this knowledge. Some important information that teens can now access includes nearby reproductive health facilities and birth control options.
dr George Rae, acting CEC for Health in Kisumu County, said at the opening that the ministry is pleased with this public-private partnership, which brings like-minded organizations together to find effective solutions that make a difference in the lives of Kenyans.
“It is impressive that this Lifeyangu.com platform developed by DSW and Bayer comes at the right time where all these factors – the need for adequate reproductive health services and access to technology – overlap,” said Dr. rae
“We are in the digital age and therefore it is important to ensure that young people can access online tools to improve their lives. The government has taken a number of measures to create an innovation-friendly environment that will have a positive impact on all Kenyans, including the young. In 2019, during the International Conference on Population and Development, Nairobi Summit, HE President Uhuru Kenyatta committed to using innovation, communication and technology to ensure adolescents and adolescents achieve the highest standards of health,” added Dr. Rae added.
For her part, Evelyn Samba, Country Director of DSW Kenya, confirmed that one of the reasons they chose the online route was that young Kenyans are much more comfortable looking for information online than going to physical facilities.
“With that in mind, we wanted a digital solution that was simple, accessible and easy to find; a platform that aims to ease the pressure points for young people when they search for information about their reproductive health and a place where they can find accurate and appropriate information and where their questions and concerns are kept private – and not stigmatized and will expose peers and parents/guardians to suspicion,” MS Samba said.