Young people urged to embrace technology to address sexual and reproductive health challenges

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Stakeholders engaged in the implementation of family planning methods and sexual and reproductive health rights said that modern technological innovations are some of the effective ways in which a number of SRHR challenges can be addressed. resolved.

These noted, however, that technology has not been used by young people and other stakeholders to explore ways to address gaps in SRHR services.

While meeting with Ministry of Health officials in Kampala, representatives of various organizations stressed that digital platforms are crucial as they provide timely and evidence-based information to all categories of people.

“We leave no one behind; offline platforms like the use of USSD and SMS have been put in place so that communities without internet can access this information. By dialing *280# USSD, people can get information about family planning and reproductive health,” noted Kamulegeya, Project and Research Manager at Rocket Health.

Betty Nakabiito Musoke, digital manager at Population Services Uganda, said digital coaching platforms enable knowledge sharing with partners on their achievements in implementing “self-injected” family planning.

“We are targeting women who have not used family planning and those who have given birth but still wish to have birth spacing aged 25 and over. Through this digital platform, we have realized that many people who do not have the time or resources to travel to health facilities have been able to access this crucial information,” Nakabiito said.

Paul Wanyama, senior Innovations health at Reach a Hand Uganda, revealed that they have partnered with other organizations to find easier ways people can use their mobile phones to address their health issues.

“We realized that going to health facilities requires a lot of money, which many don’t have, so we used digital platforms and USSD codes for those who don’t have a smart phone. Before launching this code, each year we received approximately one hundred thousand (100,000) young people and after its launch, we expect this number to double.

Paul Wanyama, Senior Health Innovations at Reach a hand Uganda

He added that they partner with more than 280 healthcare institutions and are optimistic about signing new partnerships.

This digital compendium is a collection of case studies on different health technologies used to improve family planning programs in Africa and beyond.

In this compendium, various implementing organizations share their findings on how digital innovations and technological interventions have improved family planning programs, reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health in sub-Saharan Africa. .

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