By: JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiatives (NURHI) in its bid at reaching the youth and adolescent with life saving information, has sensitized Kaduna journalists on its project, the Life Planning for Adolescents and Youth (LPAY).
Presenting a paper at the sensitization workshop in Kaduna on Tuesday July 17, 2018, Youth Focal Person, NURHI Kaduna office, Aisha Salihu Waziri.
She explained that the key objectives of the LPAY include providing them with key life saving and hold birth spacing information.
“To meaningfully reach adolescent and youth with life saving information that will guide then to make informed choices.
“To reach married adolescents and youth with child birth spacing informal to help them also reach their maximum potentials in life,” she said.
She said that in the NURHI phase 1 from 2009 to 2014, adolescent were not targeted because percentage of sexually active did not desire to be pregnant.
But in the Phase two 2015 to 2020 it was included because of the huge population of youth.
She said that for instance, in Kaduna State, about three million out of seven million population are youth.
Salihu said that out of the youth and adolescent population, 42.2 per cent are sexually active, and some may even be exposed to sexually transmitted diseases.
She said that the key priorities of LPAY include
improving service delivery, quality and demand generation.
She said that some approaches that would be adopted are supportive environment, improved quality of service, expanded access to services
and demand generation.
“As a key stakeholders, you have a role to ensure that the right information is passed on to youth and adolescents,” she tasked the youth.
A similar sensitization, organised by the Development Communications (DEVCOMS) Network was held for Kaduna based bloggers on Monday, July 16.