Youth Health Program

CDHS 2014 indicates that teenage fertility among Cambodian young people aged 15-19 alarmingly increases from 8% in 2010 to ---12% in 2014. Moreover, there are many anecdotal evidences that premarital sex is on the rise, and youth violence and drugs a

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Youth Health Program
CDHS 2014 indicates that teenage fertility among Cambodian young people aged 15-19 alarmingly increases from 8% in 2010 to 12% in 2014. Moreover, there are many anecdotal evidences that premarital sex is on the rise, and youth violence and drugs are more widespread now. There are surging social issues particularly with unemployed young people, young married couples, and migrating youth, who have limited knowledge and limited access to health information or health services. RHAC is convinced that addressing the SRHR needs of young people and empowering them are one of the priorities.

Goal/Objective
This program aims to contribute to improving health and wellbeing of young people aged 10-24 in Cambodia, through improving their knowledge on SRHR and creating enabling environment for learning/teaching LSE-CSE through the use of the course book and e-learning of LSE-CSE. At national level, we seek to extend and deepen our knowledge and expertise on lobbying and advocacy capacities for SRHR, and to ensure that universal access to SRH services remains high on the national development agenda.

Activity
Under this program are four main projects: (1) Teaching Life Skills Education-Comprehensive Sexuality Education (LSE-CSE) to Students, (2) E-Learning for LSE-CSE, (3) Improving Access to SRHR Information, and (4) Advocacy for SRHR. Fundamentally, this program works in relation to a three pronged approach: the peer educators to discuss​ and share the accurate information, and refer their peers for services; the provision of youth friendly services; and the creation of enabling environment by working with parents/gaudians, local authorities, school principals, and policy makers.

RHAC continues to provide technical support to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) to enhance SRHR competency of teachers and improve SRHR information dissemination for parents/guardians and local decision makers in 275 schools in six districts of Kampot province. Moreover, since 2013 RHAC has initiated and worked with the MoEYS and relevant stakeholders to create an e-learning platform (website: www.youthchhlat.org) for teachers in 24 schools to try using this platform, and for youth and parents/guardians to learn about LSE-CSE.

A youth interactive forum for learning about SRHR has been built into the current RHAC website (website: www.rhac.org.kh). In Battambang province, the project work with Peers in and out of schools, and Commune Committee for Women and Children (CCWC) to promote the use of this online forum, and support young people on SRHR and their access to adolescent sexual and reproductive health services.

RHAC works with our regional partner ARROW, and NGO partners such as CEDAW to advocate for SRHR amongst the high level policy making bodies such as the Senate, the national assembly, relavant ministries, civil society organizations, and young people, in order to  improve SRHR outcomes for the vulnerable, especially girls and women. RHAC organizes SRHR advocacy workshops and is making our way to use social media as an advocacy tool for SRHR.




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