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ADOLESCENT REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH PROGRAMME

Adolescent Reproductive Health Programme is one of the programme areas in YOP. Youth Outreach Programme-Cameroon is one of the leading Youth organisations in Cameroon. The organisation is responding to the increasing vulnerability of youths (especially girls) to adolescence development challenges such as; sexually transmittable diseases. Most people today become sexually active in their teenage years. for example, a recent study in Cameroon (2004) revealed that two-third of the young people have sex by the age of 16 and more than half do not use condoms. This therefore justifies the situation on the ground, which requires immediate attention. YOP Defines Adolescent reproductive Health as: a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being of young people/young adults in all matters relating to the reproductive system and its functions and processes Strategic Goal: Our strategic goal is to improve the sexual and reproductive health status of youths and adolescents in Cameroon Objectives:

• To increase the availability and accessibility of quality youth and adolescent reproductive health services in the Cameroon.,

• Increase appropriate information for young people on Reproductive issues such as: HIV/AIDS, Other STIs, and sexuality (sex education),

• To improve the capacity of reproductive health personnel to include youths in their interventions.,

• To promote community support for the implementation of youth and adolescent reproductive health programmes.,

• To encourage improved quality of life for youths living with HIV&AIDS.,

• To expand and increase scope of services to the rural communities (sub divisions) of north west and continue working at the divison head quarters in the south west province.,

The programme is currently working entirely in the northwest province of Cameroon, reaching out to youths and adolescents of ages from 09-25. How ever some projects reach out to young people in the southwest province.,

Our major activities are:

• Adolescence Sexual Health,

• HIV/AIDS and other STIs,

• Lifeskills Development (LPD) and Behaviour Change Communication (BCC),

• Gender Education,

SEXUAL HEALTH EDUCATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

We train and provide appropriate information to the young people on sexual health education. with these trainings and information reach out, young people are able to know and understand issues concerning adolescent development needs for example:

• Puberty,

• Anatomy of male reproductive organs by naming internal and external parts, and knowing their different functions.,

• Anatomy of female reproductive organs by naming internal and external parts, and knowing their different functions.,

• Characteristics of adolescence and sexuality for both males and females,

• How pregnancy occurs.,

Most of the information on adolescence sexual health is directly disseminated through training workshops for young people where different approaches to facilitation/training are used, with the company if diagrams for example displaying the different sexual parts of a male and a female. CHILDREN MAGAZINE We also do publish on a monthly basis; a young people magazine entitled “let’s talk” and in French “parlons-en” educating young people aged 9-14 on sexuality, breaking existing myths, taboos and perceptions around reproductive health and sexuality. The topics always covered in the magazine include puberty, human anatomy, education surrounding STIs and HIV/AIDS. This magazine is distributed in five provinces (two Anglo-phones and three French speaking) provinces by our regional volunteers. The magazine is basically distributed in schools where majority of the young people are found. The magazines are distributed free of charge to the young people. HIV/AIDS We deliver several activities on HIV/AIDS for young people through using different strategies. Some of the activities we do on HIV/AIDS include: TRAININGS: We design and deliver trainings on HIV/AIDS for: Prevention strategies, we design modules to provide young people with appropriate information regarding how they can avoid and protect them selves from contracting HIV/AIDS. With our trainings on prevention, young people are able to answer several questions for example:

• What is HIV?,

• What is AIDS?,

• How do I contract HIV/AIDS?,

• How do I protect myself from contracting HIV/AIDS? (Especially using the ABC approach),

• The myths about HIV/AIDS,

• The stages of HIV/AIDS progression.,

• Proper use a condom.,

• What is VCT and its advantages?,

• The connection between HIV and STIs.,

• And many more concerns on HIV/AIDS,

CARE AND SUPPRT TO YOUTHS LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS Care and support for fellow peers and other family/community members who are living with HIV/AIDS is a critical situation faced by youths. Many young people are faced with situations of caring and supporting fellow peers (Youths) who are some times brothers/sisters/friends or extra. On top of that some are faced with the same challenges of caring for their parents who are living with HIV/AIDS. This challenge is more severe to the girls than boys. Such challenges require much attention from the government and other NGOs, to empower youths deal with the situation. Therefore YOP is addressing these needs to youths through trainings; for example, Young people are empowered to understand the need for caring and supporting YLWHA/PLWHA in their families/communities. The young people are able to understand issues surrounding care and support including:

• Fight against stigma and discrimination against the Y/PLWHA,

• Nutrition,

• Basic psychosocial support,

• The importance of ARVs,

• And more basic information surrounding care and support for Y/PLWHA,

VCT We organize and finance free VCT (HIV/AIDS screening) for youths in the areas where we work. Youths mobilize fellow youths/peers in their different communities and the VCT exercises are done with their communities IEC MATERIALS We develop and distribute IEC materials on HIV/AIDS awareness for youths. the materials are distributed to the various communities where we work. SPORTS We deliver HIV/AIDS campaigns and sensitisation, through using sports. Through YOP support, young people organise sports events for example: football, table tennis, volley ball and handball tournaments and extra. Before the event, sensitisation messages are given to the clouds of youths who come to watch and participate in the different organised sports events. PEER EDUCATION: We train peer educators from the different communities who form clubs and design their own action plans, and some of the activities is to sensitise fellow peers about HIV/AIDS. They normally operate in schools and organised youth groups. We support them with technical and financial support. OTHER STIs We provide information to young people on issues concerning other STIs, through trainings, and monthly published children magazine in this respect, young people are able to understand several different aspects surrounding STIs, for example:

• know the different names of common STIs including HIV/AIDS,

• Describe the main signs and symptoms of the different STIs.,

• Describe the syndromes associated with the different STIs.,

• Know how to prevent the contraction of the different STIs.,

• Explaining the relationship between HIV and STIs .,

• Basic Management of STIs apart from HIV.,

We also do refferals for young people who would like to seek treatment, counseling on the different STIs, to Youth friendly service centres both private and government facilities.

LIFESKILLS DEVELOPMENT (LPD) AND BEHAVIOUR CHANGE COMMUNICATION (BCC)

We deliver lifeskills trainings to the young people with the aim of promoting behaviours that respond to a health lifestyle. We teach young people different life planning skills such as:

• communication skills,

• problem solving skills,

• decision-making and thinking skills,

• emotion management,

• relationship building,

• values and value clarifications,

• responsible behaviour and,

• goal setting.,

On behaviour chance communication, young people are empowered to know and reflect on the process of Behaviour Change. GENDER We senstise youths especially the young men on gender inequality against women, which is being driven by the cultural traditions beliefs and practices that put men higher over women, compelling women to be on the vulnerable side in all spheres of life. YOP address gender education, with an aim of striking a sense of gender equality among the young people in the cameroonian where society places boys/men higher than girls/women. Therefore YOP envisage and achieve the aim of gender edication through: Trainings on gender. With trainings, young people especially the boys are empowered to understand different issues surrounding gender, for example:

• Gender stereotypes,

• Gender roles where they are made to understand that gender roles are not born, but made by society where we glow and leave and therefore can be changed.,

• Gender roles and relationships.,

Of recent, YOP is imprementing the Change makers project which engage young men to challenge the rigid cultural traditions, perceptions and beliefs which compromise them to different risks such as STIs/HIV for instance inheriting widows, that a man with one woman is not worthy a real man, and many more pressures. On top of that campaigning for gender balance/equality as woman are subjected under men in all spheres of life. Apart from trainings received by the young men of 18-25, the project also use the approach of peer educators, as in all the communities where the project operates, a group of peer educators is selected and one of their primary roles is to sensitise fellow peers especially the boys that girls and boys are equal human beings and that they can perform the same roles of society a part from the natural sex roles. CURRENT PROJECTS The project is currently implementing one project called: “Change Maker’s Project” Engaging young men in the fight against gender based violence and HIV/AIDS Under this project, we are engaging young men aged 18-30 in the fight against HIV/AIDS and empower them to challenge cultural traditions/beliefs and practices that are surrounding sexuality by providing them with information and skills to empower them take equal responsibility for behaviours that compromise their own health as well as the health of others. The project is sponsored by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in partnership with Voluntary Services Over seas (VSO). The Change Maker’s Project is a two year project from (2006-2008), operating in the northwest and the southwest provinces of Cameroon.

Our vision

We seek a Cameroon where young people

• Contribute to the development of their community,

•Gain and share valuable skills viral for adulthood,

•Living healthy lifestyles,

•Have equal opportunities

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Youth Outreach Programme is a volunteer based organization. Since its creation, it has worked with quite a number of volunteers which obtains till date. Volunteers come from every part of the world to share their experiences and interact with Cameroonians. YOP doors are open to all interested in volunteering irrespective of race, colour, class, nationality or educational background. If you are in need of a place to showcase your skills or have a passion to work with young people; YOP could be the best option for you. It gives you the opportunity to harness your skills, share your experiences with youths and also contribute to community development. Could it be that you are wondering whether Cameroon can be the best country to volunteer in. Just try YOP. It has a friendly working environment, volunteers like you, well located office and above all beautiful scenery. Your stay here will not be a boring one. We have hosted young people from the UK, Germany, Canada, and the Netherlands in different capacities but with one thing in common: the zest for life. Despite their color and nationalities all have shown an equal passion for learning new cultures, sharing experiences and making new friends.

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We are a youth organization created in 1993 and started functioning in 1995. We are committed in working with young people fighting poverty and inequalities in their communities. We work with adults and young people who put their skills and knowledge at the service of mankind Since we started we have reached out more than 10.000 young people in various communities across Cameroon, notably in the North West, South West, West, Centre, Littoral and Far North Provinces. Most young people have carried on with the volunteering spirit in their communities while others have become hyper-active members of YOP. We aim to increase the standard of living and improve quality of life among youths, especially those in rural areas. We also hope to increase participation and influence of young people within mainstream society Youth Outreach Programme Cameroon was founded in 1993 as a youth association. We started functioning in 1995 and are strongly committed to working with young people fighting poverty and inequalities in their communities. We work with adults and young people who put their skills and knowledge at the service of mankind. Since we started we have reached out to more than 10 000 young people in various communities across Cameroon, notably in the northwest, south west, west, centre, littoral and far north provinces. Most young people have carried on with the volunteering spirit in their communities while others have become hyper-active members of YOP. We aim to increase the standard of living and improve quality of life among youths, especially those in rural areas. We also hope to increase participation and influence of young people within mainstream society. ,


We are very pleased with our local and international partners for all the endless technical and financial support extended to our programme to make it successful with our activities. Some of major partners include:

• GLOBAL HEALTHCARE PUBLIC FOUNDATION,

• The Canadian government through CIDA,

• Voluntary services overseas (VSO),

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