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CyberRwanda, a project of YLabs and Youth + Tech + Health, uses digital education tools targeted to urban adolescents and their healthcare providers that address youth unemployment, unplanned pregnancy, and youth-friendly sexual health care. Using a youth-centered design approach, consulting hundreds of youth, providers, parents, employers, and educators, CyberRwanda developed interactive online learning programs that provide quality information and access to adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) services, while also teaching about financial literacy, healthy relationships, and healthy lifestyles.
In Rwanda, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services are primarily designed for married women and families. Use of contraception is low among youth, and sex education in schools often lacks accurate SRH information. Accordingly, urban teens are turning to the internet and social media for SRH information, much of which is inaccurate or hard to understand. CyberRwanda seeks to improve the quality of SRH information and materials available to Rwandan teens by working with young people to develop high-quality, culturally relevant, accessible information that can be digitally accessed.
Cybergirl and Cyberboy are online learning programs that teach urban adolescents employment skills and, using interactive, online and SMS tools, educates about contraception and HIV/STI prevention and signposts girls and boys to youth-friendly clinics and job opportunities. A companion program, Cybernurse, is a decision tool and training program to help improve provider knowledge and choice of contraceptive methods.
More from the Packard Foundation, one of the project's funders.
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