Combining structural and reproductive health to improve transition to adulthood: the Musanze Youth Center (MYC) model
The MYC is a youth-led program, designed to provide on-site education and services related to SRH . The program is testing a model of youth friendly SRH service delivery aimed at increasing utilization, which was very low in standard health centers in Rwanda. Services include HIV and STIs, FP and pregnancy, gender-based violence, and legal and post-abortion care. In addition, MYC offers health counseling and education sessions, as well as skill-building for single mothers. There are also recreational activities (games, entertainment) and free internet for professional development and personal use.
Between June 2017 and February 2018, 33,464 youth visited the MYC. About 20% (6,728) of these visits were first time visits, with the rest counted as repeat visitors. 14,580 visitors attended an SRH education session and 3,391 have received health services. The most common SRH service was HIV services, with 3,230 youth receiving counseling and 93% of them (3,001) receiving testing and/or further investigation and follow-up.
Funding: Preston Werner Ventures; Bixby Center at UC Berkeley
Photo: Musanze Youth Center