Monday 23 Oct 2017

Young Health Programme Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention Kibera

The Programme aims to reduce risk behaviours which can trigger NCDs, such as substance abuse, harmful use of alcohol, and lack of physical exercise, as well as those which damage adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health (ASRH).
This five-year Young Health Project aims to contribute to improved health and gender equality of girls and boys between 10-24 years of age in Kibera, Nairobi. The project will specifically ensure that girls and boys aged 10-24 years of age in the urban slum of Kibera, Nairobi are practising fewer risky behaviours due to an increased capacity to make informed choices and to protect their health, now and in the future.
The focus of this programme is on risk behaviours which can lead to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). The 5 risk behaviours include tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, risky sexual behaviours, physical inactivity and poor eating habits.

Project Location

The project will be implemented in the eight targeted villages in Kibera. These are: Laini Saba, Silanga, Lindi, Makina, Kisumu Ndogo, Raila, Soweto West and Katwekera.

Results and Activities

The YHP in Kenya will work to bring about three key results:


1.    Access to information and resources on the prevention of NCDs and SRH
2.    Creation of an enabling, community environment for the protection and promotion of adolescent health
3.    Government services and policies that are responsive to the health risks and rights of young people

 

AMURT’s main role in the project is focused on achieving the key result one. AMURTs activities are as follows:


1.    Capacity building of peer educators: This involves the identification, recruitment and Training of 40 peer educators on NCD and SRH
2.    Equipping peer educators with a Peer education kit (T-shirts /jackets , bags, badges, Peer education curriculum  stationery)
3.    Support of peer educators monthly reporting and mentorship of the Peer Educators 
4.    Facilitation of peer educators to conduct peer education and outreaches in the following events that AMURT will organize:

•    Support of Annual Football tournaments 
•    Conduct school events/school fairs/ school events 
•    Community Fun days through Edutainment

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, strokes, cancers, diabetes and respiratory diseases account for 27% of deaths, many premature, in Kenya and pose a huge threat to young urban men and women.