Fifteen percent of women age 15-19 have already had a birth. Teenage pregnancy is a clear driver of maternal mortality – pregnancy and childbirth are recognized as the second leading cause of death for Kenyan teens. Unsafe abortion, estimated to account for 25% of all maternal deaths, is another significant driver of maternal mortality and morbidity in Kenya.(KDHS 2014) Greater access to information and SRH services will reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies and keep girls in school longer contributing to their socio-economic success.
The Solution: In Their Hands
In Their Hands (ITH) is a teen-centered project designed to normalize sex, reduce unplanned pregnancy and end unsafe abortion among Kenyan adolescents. It is funded by CIFF and is currently being executed by three consortium partners who are Well Told Story, Triggerise and Marie Stopes Kenya. Well Told Story will create demand for and awareness of the solution through their national multi-media platform ‘Shujaaz’. Triggerise will provide the mobile platform to ensure easy access to the free services at specified health facilities. Marie Stopes Kenya will provide a network of youth friendly SRH services, through their clinics and social franchise AMUA network.
In Their Hands is comprised of three pillars:
- ‘I want It’
- ‘On My Terms’
- ‘I Am Supported’
Pillars 1 & 2 are being implemented by the 3 consortium partners, (since April 2017). We are now looking to design Pillar 3 and are searching for a consultant, agency or organisation with a proven track experience in designing communication strategies in Africa…if that’s you please click on the link below & apply!