Stage 2: Research & Development
We're now developing digital and SMS educational tools for urban youth and providers in Rwanda, designed and prototyped in partnership with over 400 youth, healthcare providers, parents and community leaders.
Youth and Digital Development
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Two of the most pressing global challenges for youth are unemployment and unplanned teen pregnancy. Worldwide, 16 million adolescents girls fall pregnant annually; 95% live in low-income countries. In Rwanda, the leading causes of death of teen girls are HIV and pregnancy-related, yet only 12% of sexually active adolescents use contraception. Poverty and unemployment, common among young urban women, increase risk of pregnancy and risk-taking; 1 in 10 have had sex for money or gifts.
CyberRwanda providers digital education tools that use technology to improve the health and livelihoods of urban adolescents (15-19 years). They provide employment readiness and life skills training for urban youth, and link them to comprehensive, youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services.
Urban adolescents aged 15-19 in low-income countries benefit from better access to high quality information and tools to help them make informed decisions about their reproductive health and future career path. Health providers benefit from up-to-date training and tools to help them provide youth-centered care. Employers benefit from a well-informed and prepared young workforce.
Mission and Vision
Our mission is to radically transform how young people plan and protect their futures, by designing tools with and for youth that help them make informed choices about their health and livelihoods. Our vision is to reduce teen pregnancy and unemployment for low-income youth by scaling digital tools that provide high-quality comprehensive sexuality education, employment readiness training, and signposting to sexual health services from trained, friendly local providers.
To address the health and economic needs of Rwandan youth, our program has the following three integrated components:
The Guide to Teen Success: Digital and print educational tools on SRH and employment skills. Interactive stories and games featuring a cast of local virtual characters inform and empower youth to set goals for their futures, gain life skills such as budgeting, and learn about sexual health.
Ask Mutoni / Ask Ntwali: A virtual peer mentor provides confidential answers to teens' questionsand signposting to local youth-friendly health and employment services. Youth have improved confidence and knowledge to access sexual health services and employment resources.
Cybernurse:This delivers digital training and SMS referral tools for healthcare providers to help them to deliver youth-friendly, non-judgmental information and services to young people. The Cybernurse program is being designed during 2017-18 with support of USAID Development Innovation Ventures.
Virtual peer mentors and education at scale: This is the first integrated digital education toolkit that targets both youth and providers and facilitates guided referral to health and employment services. We envisage that digital education (Teen Guide to Success) and virtual mentorship (Ask Mutoni/Ntwali) may offer a more cost-effective approach to reach youth than existing peer educator programs and school-based interventions. They also offer the privacy that young people are asking for, so that they can ask questions of providers without having to set foot in a clinic or classroom.
Designed with and for youth: This innovation was rigorously designed and prototyped with the participation of over 400 youth, providers and community members using a human-centered design process. Youth Designers, trained by our team, have tested the innovation with youth and providers to inform the current version.
Planned Goals and Milestones
Over 2017 and 2018, we are developing the digital and SMS tools ready to launch in Rwanda in 2019. This stage of the project is fully funded. We are expanding the product to include content for adolescent boys and developing digital tools (Cybernurse) for healthcare providers to train them on adolescent health and help link young people to local clinics and pharmacies.
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