ICRHK hosts Adolescent and Youth Symposium through PMA

The International Centre for Reproductive Health Kenya (ICRHK) hosted an inter-organizational virtual symposium to disseminate and discuss adolescent and youth (AY) research findings and best practices. The aim was to formulate useful and strategic advocacy, policy and program recommendations in response to the problems and needs of adolescents and youths, including those related to health, women and girl empowerment, and gender differences, during and after COVID-19. 
 
The symposium brought together researchers, program implementers, advocates, government and non-government actors from the field of gender, education, health and economic empowerment for adolescents and youths. Key speakers at the event included dr. Marleen Temmerman, dr. Mulwa from the Ministry of Health, dr. Githinji Gitahi from Amref CEO, and a youth representative. They all addressed pertinent issues that affect the overall well-being of adolescents and youths. Presentations and edutainment by young people were part of the two-day symposium agenda. 
 
One of the conclusions of the symposium was that there is a need to implement programs that strategically address immediate and ongoing risks of gender-based violence exacerbated by COVID-19. Further, it was noted that it is essential for investors to increase funding, so that programs can run longer and achieve maximum impact. There is a need for research findings that are gender-disaggregated, for purposes of targeted monitoring of indicators. National Council for Population and Development (NCPD) Director General dr. Sheikh closed the symposium and underscored the critical place of evidence in successful policies and programs post-COVID. 
 
Youth holding messages advocating for adolescent involvement in SRH matters
Graphics depicting gendered effects of Covid-19 as displayed during the symposium