Campaign Update

Live TV Call In Program

Immaculate
Posted December 20, 2017 from Kenya
Immaculate At the West TV before going on air with Co Host Mike

In Kenya, the school holidays were longer than usual , and we took advantage of this ling holidays to initiatediscussions in Teen pregnancy and Sexual Reproductive Health through a live Television Program. Where callers regardless of age called to share their opinion or ask questions.

With my youthful co host, Michael of West TV, Television whose coverage is mainlyWestern Kenyan discussing reproductive health was even easier owing to the challenges we all face in accessing Youth and Adolescent Friendly health Services.

Our focus was on causes of the rising cases of teenage pregnancy and how best to support adolescent girls and boys. I also took the opportunity to talk about our Boresha Dada Campaign.

From the call ins and discussions the main predisposing factors that cause teenage pregnancy include: Dating older men, sexual violence especially rape, drug and alcohol abuse, peer pressure, local night dances,low income levels, lack of sanitary towels, lack ofknowledgeon how to negotiate themselves out of uncomfortable situations, limited knowledge oncontraceptives, lack of role models/mentors.

The callers also came up with solutions if taken up could reduce incidences of unwanted pregnancy and the risks that come with it. Some of the solutions include, educating girls and boys on sexuality, ensuring access to friendly health services, building the capacity of teachers in Comprehensive Sexuality Education, Building life skills of adolescent girls including negotiation skills, taking legal action against perpetrators of sexual violenceand parents colluding woth sexual perpetrators, and introducing leadership and mentorship programs in schools, sharing with the girls the economic importance of staying in school, building the capacity of nurses in offering adolescent friendly health services.

The debatable issues the arose from this was safe abortion. Abortion is criminalised and has nor been embraced as a health right for young women and girls. Most callers were worried if girls were encouraged to have safe abortion.

As an organization we hope to introduce such programs on radio and other television / digital platforms to ignite discussions that well cause change in policy within the health sector to benefit adolescents and young women.

How many people have you impacted since your last update?

2000

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  • Olutosin
    Dec 21, 2017
    Dec 21, 2017

    This is a great program. Radio has a wider audience too, so its another tool to facilitate such good program.

    well done my sister, when girls are equipped with the rich answers, they will live better lives.

  • mae me
    Dec 22, 2017
    Dec 22, 2017

    This is a good way to reach more women...thank you and keep going!!!

  • Lily Habesha
    Dec 26, 2017
    Dec 26, 2017

    This is such an awesome job.

    I'm glad to hear this, Kenya my country.

    Lily

  • Sally maforchi Mboumien
    Dec 29, 2017
    Dec 29, 2017

    I love this!!!! We have pretended for so long. Continue this life saving discussion until we save every girl anywhere. Imma my sis I am with you on this so don't hesitate to get to me if you need me

  • Gladys Muthara
    Jan 05
    Jan 05

     

  • Adanna
    Jan 10
    Jan 10

    Choosing to reach more girls through a live television program is a good one!

    Always behind you sis!

    Do not relent!

    Love,

    Adanna

  • Blessing Oruche
    Jan 21
    Jan 21

    Surely we wont stop, till every child is touched.

  • Wendy Stebbins
    Feb 06
    Feb 06

    This is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. For 11 1/2 years, I have an NGO I AM ONE IN A MILLION in Livingstone Zambia and in this developing country now have one college grad, several in university, 2 in med school, several above the poverty level and I KNOW WHAT YOU SAY ABOUT GIRLS PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS is absolutely correct. I LOVE that you got the info from the girl listeners as well as the solutions. Because of what I have been through and go through and progress because of a different method, I KNOW how much your approach is going to help. The list the girls called in is a blue print for other areas to develop a plan for. 

    You are amazing.

    PLEASE ANSWER ME JUST ONE QUESTION . . . WHAT does having sanitary towels have to do with a girl not getting pregnant?  That is the only thing I don't quite get. 

    I am now sending your article to the headmistress at St. Mary's Private Girls school where we have 6508th to 12 grade girls. I started a library, reading program but my main focus is looking for those kids who still have a good brain (many don't due to malnutrition at birth) and drive and with a different method(s) taking them to their new vision.

    Thanks