Improving Youth Reproductive Health in Northern Nigeria (Y-ACCESS) Project

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The Universal Access to Reproductive Health (Y-ACCESS) Project is a three years capacity strengthening and reproductive health improvement intervention focusing on adolescents and young people (aged 10 – 24 years) in four northern states (BENUE, JIGAWA, KATSINA and NIGER) of Nigeria. The project is funded by the British Government’s Department for International Development (DfID) under the Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF). The managing agent for the project is the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) in partnership with Education as a Vaccine (EVA) and Society for Women Development and Empowerment of Nigeria (SWODEN). Under the partnership arrangement, EVA would be responsible for implementing project activities in Benue and Niger states while SWODEN would be responsible for implementing the project activities in Jigawa and Katsina states.
The goal of the project is to contribute to the reduction of the impact of poverty and improve the reproductive health status of adolescents and young people in the project states. The purpose of the project is to scale-up the availability and access to comprehensive reproductive health services for adolescents and young people. To achieve this purpose, the project would deliver the following outputs at state, LGA and community levels:
  1. Strengthened capacity of health service outlets to provide quality and comprehensive reproductive health services to adolescents and young people
  2. Improved knowledge and skills of adolescents and young people, to access reproductive health information and services
  3. Improved social, financial and policy environment that enable young people exercise their rights in accessing reproductive health information and services

Key Outputs (achievements)
  1. Selection of Project LGAs, Wards and Communities:
    A key output from the project start-up workshop in September 2012 was the development of criteria for selection of focus LGAs, wards and communities. The selection criterion was deployed in a participatory and inclusive manner in the four states to select the LGAs, wards and communities where project activities would be implemented. At the end of this exercise, a total of 320 communities, spread across 80 wards in 16 LGAs (4 LGAs/state; 5 wards/LGA and 4 communities/ward) were selected.



    Diagram showing the project states and the focus LGAs


  2. Baseline Assessment of ARH situation in Project sites:
    In order to establish a benchmark on key ARH issues against which to measure project progress, a baseline assessment was conducted in in all the 16 LGAs spread across the four states. The assessment would also provide evidence for context specific approaches to implementing project activities. Please follow the link below for a human interest story resulting from the process of carrying out the baseline assessment.

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  3. Youth-led Assessment of Health Facilities:
    Meaningful engagement of young people in processes that affect their lives is a key focus of this project. To this end, implementing partners built the capacity of 160 young persons to lead FGDs amongst 4960 (males= 2480, females=2480) other young persons in project communities in a process to identify and rank health facilities considered to be youth-friendly from the view point of the youth.



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