Marginalised and vulnerable youth in six African countries will soon have access to health services they have previously been denied or excluded from.
An ambitious multi-country health initiative implemented by six YMCAs and one YWCA is set to change the health options and opportunities for these youth, through awareness raising, advocacy and access.
A project orientation workshop was held in Nairobi, Kenya, this week to plan for the roll out in YMCAs of Liberia, Madagascar, Senegal, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and Zambia YWCA. Attended by 16 representatives of the implementing organisations, the workshop was also attended by the technical partners, Africa Alliance of YMCAs (AAMCA), YWCA-YMCA of Sweden and Y Care International (United Kingdom).
The project begins this month and runs for one year. The multi-country health initiative is funded by Swedish Mission Council (SMC), Sida and Radiohjalpen. By raising awareness of neglected health issues, improving access to youth friendly health services and actively engaging young people in advocacy around health, the project directly addresses the link between poverty and health.