SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
This thematic area aims at creating programs and projects that address the issues of sexual & reproductive health amongst adolescents that could lead to sexually transmitted infections such as HIV and teenage pregnancy.
Its activities include;
* Empowering young people to be in position to make positive decisions about sex and marriage.
* Promoting menstrual hygiene through sensitization and removal of taboos associated to menstruation in most communities.
* Focused Group Discussions and dialogues on SRH topics
* Inter school SRH drama competitions
* Inter school SRH debate competitions
* Youths Medical Health Camps
HIV and AIDS
This thematic area aims at creating programs and projects that increase awareness and sensitization on the various HIV Prevention strategies;
* Being Faithful
* Condom Use
* Safe Male Circumcision
* Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (EMTCT)
* Routine HIV Counseling and Testing among couples
YOUTH ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
As economic empowerment enables young people to be job creators rather than job seekers, this thematic area aims at creating programs and projects that promote Business and Entrepreneurship Training, Mentorship and Coaching.
Some of its activities include;
* Training young people and women in small business management skills, financial literacy and book keeping.
* Creating micro-saving programs, income generating groups, business dialogues and forums.
WATER, HYGIENE AND SANITATION (WASH)
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) are directly related to the health, well-being, education and opportunity for adolescents and youths. While 70% of the earth is water less than 1% of that is available freshwater for human consumption. The quality of freshwater resources is threatened by pollution and climate change has impacted rainfall variability meaning that water access is not certain in many parts of the world. Without access to clean and local water, sanitation and hygiene, many adolescents and youths in developing countries become sick from water-related diseases and miss school. Further, girls’ sanitation needs are often not met and the gender education divide is furthered as adolescent girls may drop out or fall behind at school.
PHAU’s WASH-related work incorporates life skills-based learning and action (inside and outside the classroom) to increase local capacity of adolescents and youths to adapt to water, sanitation and hygiene conditions in their local community. WASH education in schools programs aims to ensure an enabling environment for adolescents and youths through increasing awareness, and knowledge on issues of personal hygiene and community sanitation, while leading to positive social change.
Key activities include
* Increasing access to information on menstrual hygiene management through trainings, distribution of re-usable sanitary pads and IEC materials.
* Formation of sanitation health clubs and committees in schools and communities
* Improving access to safe water through provision of water harvesting facilities
* Construction of sustainable sanitary facilities
* Construction of sustainable hand washing facilities
* Provision of sanitation working tools such as wheel barrows, dustbins to mention but a few.