Nairobi youth advocates identified inadequate service providers trained on responsive Adolescent and Youth Friendly Services (AYFS) service delivery in Nairobi County as a key gap in enabling young people to access SRHR services. Thus, the Y-ACT Nairobi Chapter settled on Inclusion of youth Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) in Youth Friendly Trainings for service providers as their policy priority issue.
The Nairobi chapter settled on this issue following the launch of the Youth Friendly Services Training Curriculum by the Ministry of Health in 2018 to facilitate the training of YFS service providers in accordance to The National Guidelines on Provision of Adolescent and Youth Friendly Services in Kenya 2016. This was to increase the capacity of YFS service providers to meet adolescents and youth sexual reproductive health needs. The Nairobi chapter is looking into customizing a Nairobi Metropolitan Services Peer to Peer YFS support training manual to advance capacity strengthening among youth Community Health Volunteers in partnership with the county department of health, NGO partners and its youth networks. The goal is to contribute to improved access to youth-friendly services for adolescents and youth in Nairobi County.
Nairobi county’s highlight activity in September 2020 was the baseline Meaningful Youth Engagement Scoring. The process which made use of the MYE Scorecard, was unique in its own right, with both the policymakers and youth advocates scoring each other, based on policy processes. The scoring forum provided an avenue for the youth and policymakers to engage each other on the customization of a Youth Friendly Services peer-to-peer support training manual for Nairobi county, which will greatly contribute towards improved access to sexual and reproductive health services among youth. In this manner, representatives across both aisles were held accountable for their roles in the county policy processes ensuring transparency, and meaningful youth participation. To top it off, the policymakers present urged young people to expand the youth space for new blood and commended Y-ACT’s role in advancing youth organizational leadership within the county.