One World UK
OneWorld UK (OWUK) is a UK-based non-governmental organisation and with Butterfly Works Netherlands, a Dutch Foundation, conceived the Learning about Living Project with key stakeholders from the civil society and government in Nigeria. The Learning about Living project includes the electronic version of the Family Life and HIV/AIDS Education Curriculum (e-FLHE), which is being implemented in select schools in Nigeria in partnership with local youth focused civil society organisations. In order to complement the sexuality education component and expand young people’s access to information and services, in November 2007 OWUK and Education as a Vaccine Against AIDS (EVA) launched a mobile phone service, MyQuestion (MyQ), which provides an opportunity for adolescents and young people (in and out-of-school) to ask their questions and seek help on issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). MyQ is a free three-in-one service which enables young people to text, call, email, or use a web-form available on Facebook and project website to send their SRH questions to trained counsellor in the EVA. Questions sent to the short code 38120 are free through any of the major telecom networks, and calls to the counselling line are free on Airtel. While trained counsellors can provide immediate information, questions requiring services are usually referred. A major challenge is that in some of the states required services is inadequate. Consequently, young people often do not have access to the services they require. In order to direct and guide young people and adolescents more appropriately, OneWorld UK commissioned an assessment of available facilities in Nigeria, to determine their availability, location, the type of services available, and suitability for young people, to better serve the young people who use the LaL and MyQ platforms, and to contribute to the evidence base on the need for new and better YFHS facilities across the country.
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