The SOL Foundation renews and extends its co-operation with Amref Health Africa and supports the implementation of phase II of a specific health programme with sport as a vehicle to improve the sexual and reproductive health and life skills of the youth.
Problem to be tackled
A lack of knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights topics and reduced access to those services amongst adolescent girls and boys in Dagoretti and Embakasi, Kenya. These issues are compounded by a lack of livelihoods and educational opportunities, and the poor integration of adolescent health services in general across the informal settlements that are common in Dagoretti and Embakasi.
The project will deliver change through sport for the youth in Dagoretti and Embakasi. The three sports that will be utilised are football, volleyball and taekwondo.
Phase II of the programme focuses on three objectives centred on the approach of using sports to engage communities on sexual and reproductive health and rights, increase access to personal education and employment opportunities for adolescents and integrating essential youth services into the community.
The project will be implemented in the informal settlements (slums) within Dagoretti and Embakasi sub-counties, which are characterised by the acute inequalities of inadequate housing, poor service provision, lack of access to health and sanitation, overcrowded spaces, and limited employment opportunities; many beneficiaries are part of the existing cohort from Phase I of the Sports for Health project, which was kicked of in 2020.
With the continued support from The SOL Foundation, Amref Health Africa will be able to further grow, improve and implement the Sport for Health programme in Dagoretti and Embakasi, two informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya.
Amref Health Africa is Africa’s leading health charity, working across 35 countries to sustainably strengthen health systems and improve access to life-saving care.
Amref Health Africa are an African-led organisation with headquarters in Nairobi. In Kenya, Amref works with a diverse range of communities from urban slums in Nairobi, remote rural areas in the north-east and south, to lake regions in the west and coastal region in the east. Amref has carved out Community Health Systems Strengthening as a distinct area of expertise and used this advantage to forge collaborations and partnerships across the country.
In line with the Amref Health Africa in Kenya’s Strategic Plan (2018-2022), the solutions are geared towards supporting a devolved system of government, addressing the needs of vulnerable populations especially women, children, and youth, and addressing the burden of infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, and maternal mortality.