SMW 2018: Hacey advocates effective use of technology for sexual health education
by Josephine Okojie
March 2, 2018 | 7:58 pm| | | Start Conversation
Hacey Health Initiative, a non- governmental development organisation focused on improving health and productivity of Africans, has charged Nigerians to leverage technology to educate young people about sexual and reproductive health.
This assertion was made known to journalists by Rhoda Robinson, director of gender and development programs, Hacey Health Initiative, during a session at the 2018 Social Media Week, held in Lagos recently.
The session explored various challenges young people face in accessing information on safe sex, use of contraception, menstrual hygiene and puberty as well as reporting of sexual violence.
“Because of the cultural and socio cultural barriers that exists currently in the society it is difficult for most parents to talk to their young people about sex or sexual reproductive health and it is also difficult for young people to ask questions about sex because they fear discrimination but with technology and social media, the young ones can get answers to these questions they seek,” said Robinson said.
“We cannot ignore the fact that there are some young people who are already involved in sex. They need the information so we need to provide them the right information by leveraging on technology to do this,” she added.
Speaking on the launch of the Tombey platform, she noted that the essence is to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services to young people in the south west region in the country.
According to her, to break the socio cultural barrier that exists between young people and their parents discussing about sexual and reproductive heath, Hacey has launched two online platforms; Salvus and Tombey, to ensure young people get the right information they need about their sexual health.
“Tomebe is a platform that has an SMS and phone enable options for young people to get information or talk to a skilled and trained peer educator about issues concerning their reproductive health or anything thing they are worried about that can impact their sexual reproductive health,” Robinson further stated.
Speaking also during the session, Morenike Fajemisi, project lead, TECH4DEV, said “the social media helps to disseminate information. A lot of youths are on these platforms seeking answers to questions they have on sexual health. So technology is a good channel to get information on sexual reproductive health out there.”
“The need for sexual education in our modern age is undebatable and shouldn’t be a responsibility of parents alone but also corporate organizations as well as the government,” Fajemisi said.
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