Sexually transmitted infections have a significant impact on sexual and reproductive health worldwide, with more than 1 million acquired every day. In Niger, a lack of access to appropriate health services and the presence of cultural taboos make treating and preventing these infections a major public health concern.
Women and adolescents age 10 to 24 are among the most vulnerable groups and a make up a large share of the population in Niger. Relief International, with funding from the European Commission, implemented a three-year program in the Konni District, south central Niger, to improve quality and access to sexual and reproductive health services and to raise awareness about important health practices.
The project aims to:
- Increase the use of available sexual reproductive health services to reduce the prevalence of unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions and sexually transmitted infections
- Increase the ability of teachers and health workers to provide sexual reproductive health education and services
- Create marketing campaigns about reproductive health issues to target adolescents, particularly girls
Local nonprofit Animas Sutura equipped schools and communities with transistor radios that broadcast songs and radio sketches centered on HIV/AIDs prevention, contraceptive use and risks of early or forced marriages among adolescent girls.