YOUTH SAFE SPACES
The safe spaces programme dubbed “youth friendly corners” was initiated in 2016 to offers a continuum of SRHR services, committed to increasing knowledge of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and access to appropriate Youth Friendly (YF) services for adolescents in PLAEP’s target community. A gender and transformative mapping exercise conducted by PLAEP in 2015 revealed that young people between the ages of 10 and 24 were susceptible to all manner of risky behavior and diseases including HIV/AIDS, STIs, substance (drug) abuse, and unwanted pregnancies. The mapping report further reported gaps in provision of adolescent and youth friendly services and this included inadequate funds in health facilities to implement activities, inadequately trained staff to facilitate service provision and lack of awareness among young people of available adolescent and youth friendly services at the health facility. PLAEP envisioned that creating these safe spaces would enhance adolescent access to SRH services as well as an entry point for other health services. In 2016 and 2017, PLAEP successfully set up two youth friendly corners at Ipusukilo and Riverside clinics. Ipusukilo and Riverside clinics are both in PLAEP’s catchment and service the same target communities.