Access, Services & Knowledge (ASK)

ASK aims to target young people between the ages 10-24 years, especially adolescent girls and marginalized youth groups like sexual, ethnic or religious minorities, people with disabilities, sex workers, and young people living with HIV (YPLHIV). This Programme will maximize the uptake of services by identifying and overcoming the barriers to access faced by young people regarding SRHR.

ASK was proposed to enhance the uptake of SRH services by young people. The Access, Services and Knowledge (ASK): What young people want, what young people need is a proposed programme for three years (2013-2015) and aims to contribute to achieve MDG 3 (gender equality), MDG 5 (reduce maternal mortality and realize universal access to Reproductive Health (RH) MDG 6 (stop the spread of HIV, malaria and TB) and the post-MDG agenda.  The programme is proposed by the Youth Empowerment Alliance (YEA).

Objectives of Project:

  • Young people are better informed and thus better able to make healthier choices regarding their sexuality
  • Public and private clinics/facilities provide better SRH services, with more young people are using
  • Greater Respect for the sexual and reproductive rights of young people and young people from marginalized group.

Program Impact:

  1. 10 CSOs are on board
  2. Civil society capacity has been developed on LSBE and SRHR and SGBV
  3. 30 CSOs staff and 48 community leaders have been trained and capacitated on SRHR and SGBV to conduct awareness activities at community level
  4. 61 Youth volunteers have been trained on community mobilization and advocacy skills on LSBE, SRHR and SGBV
  5. 27 Schools including (school chains) are on board
  6. 10 Madaris on board
  7. 113 Teachers have been trained to deliver Comprehensive sexuality Education
  8. More than 2500 students have gone through the “World Starts with Me” curriculum.
  9. More than 2300 students have gone through the LSBE curriculum.
  10. 16 Health Care Facilities are on board
  11. 26 Health care providers are trained on SRHR, SGBV and to run Youth Friendly Health facilities
  12. Good liaison is developed with Education, Health, Women Crises Centre, Darul-aman, FPAP, Marie Stops, Chamber of Commerce and media
  13. Good Liaison with line departments

Best Practices.

Good Liaison developed with Education and Health department and also with the schools Improvised school educational environment.
Teacher and student relations improved, student started to share their problems with teachers. Teachers adopted new teaching skills.

Youth health

Youth acquired the skills necessary to develop and sustaining healthy, happy lives.

Best Practices:

  • Providing Life Skills education and SRHR information to Adolescents (10-19) to engage and empower them with knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to make safe and informed choices in life.
  • Strong linkages with Schools, Madaris, Colleges and universities, Media.
  • Meaningful Youth Participation at all levels of project cycle: decision making processes, the design, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project.
  • Engagement of Religious leaders/ Education /Health /Social and welfare department and youth in most of the events
  • Training of Elementary Colleges Trainers who will give trainings to future to be teachers on Life Skilled Based education
  • Involvement to Elementary Trainers to Review LSBE content and module keeping in view the cultural and religious sensitivity
  • Improving the quality and access of Youth Friendly comprehensive SRHR & SGBV services
  • Developed referral mechanism among CSOs, HCPs, Darul Aman and Women Crisis Centre and vice versa.
  • Media involvement/coverage in most of the events
  • Established linkages with local performers, singers, artists, media groups and Reporters.
  • Series of Parwan Radio Programs, TV shows, Articles in Newspapers, policy dialogues and advocacy forums to create an enabling environment for young people, women and marginalized communities to exercise SRH rights.
  • Book launched on SGBV written by Imrana Komal, DAP member, data and case studies in this book are provided by AWAZ