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Support Reproductive Health Education for 550 Adolescents

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Our goal
Advance reproductive health knowledge to lower rates of HIV transmission and teen pregnancy.
The Challenge

Kenya has one of the highest prevlances of HIV in the world

Women are disproportionately affected by HIV in Kenya, with 7.6% of women living with HIV compared with 5.6% of men (UNAIDS, 2017). Young women (age 15-24) account for up to 21% of all new HIV infections with a prevalence of between 4-6 times higher than males of the same age. However, only 56% of women and 66% of men have comprehensive knowledge about HIV and AIDS prevention and transmission (Kenya Demographic Health Survey, 2014).

Comparatively, Senegal is a model in the control of HIV/AIDS among African countries. The national HIV rate has remained below 1% for over two decades. However, this success hides a stark geographical disparity in access to education and treatment: only 3 in 10 Senegalese women have a comprehensive understanding of HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS, 2010). Teenage pregnancy is also a major issue in both countries. Across Kenya, 18% of adolescent women (age 15-19) are already mothers or pregnant (KDHS, 2014).

Teen pregnancy is a major health and social concern because of its association with higher morbidity and mortality for both the mother & child. It also has other adverse social consequences, particularly for educational attainment, as women who become mothers in their teens are more likely to drop out of school (KDHS, 2014). In Senegal, 22% of women give birth before the age of 18, with rural girls having a higher rate of teen pregnancy (25%) than their urban counterparts (12%) (DHS, 2012).

Our Solution

WGEP offers comprehensive reproductive health education to lower incidences of HIV & teen pregnancy

Thanks to HIV-prevention programs in Kenya, new HIV infections are less than a third of what they were at the peak of the country's epidemic in 1993 (KDHS, 2014). However, strategies must be gender-sensitive because women and girls are disproportionately affected by the epidemic.

WGEP offers comprehensive reproductive health education to lower incidences of HIV & teen pregnancy. Our targeted workshops and seminars inform scholars on a range of important topics including: anatomy, puberty & development, sexually transmitted infections, contraception and family planning, consent and decision-making.

After attending WGEP's comprehensive reproductive health workshops, our scholars feel empowered to make informed health decisions. WGEP Kenya scholar Jacklyn said of the workshops: "I learned so much that I never knew before. I feel now that I have the knowledge I need to stay healthy and safe." WGEP Senegal scholar Sadio said of the workshops: "I am so thankful for everything I learned. I now want to continue my education and become a nurse so that I can help the women of my village."

Your Impact

Together we can provide healthier futures for children

With your support, WGEP will offer comprehensive reproductive health education to 550 adolescents in Senegal and Kenya. Students learn about a range of health-related topics, from puberty and development to pregnancy, contraception, sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS.

Pledge spending
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    Food & Transportation

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