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A situational analysis of peer education clubs for reproductive health in secondary schools in Western Kenya

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Sarah Stevens, School of Public Health, Boston University, Boston, MA
Despite many programs in Kenya aimed at reducing adolescent pregnancy, schools in rural districts are often neglected. As a result, many adolescent girls in these areas still become pregnant, leading to elevated school dropout rates, health complications for both the mother and child, and even morbidity and mortality due to unsafe abortions. GABS is a fledgling program designed to reach schools in these rural areas and provide sexual and reproductive health education to secondary school students through a peer educator model.

The goal of my practicum was to perform an in-depth situational analysis, which GABS will use to apply for grant funding. This session discusses the methods used to perform the situational analysis, including focus group discussions, key informant interviews, and classroom surveys, as well as the experience of designing and implementation of a sample peer education lesson. It also shares lessons learned and challenges from the field as an MPH student and emphasizes the importance of an international practicum in developing practical skills, understanding cultural differences and choosing a future career path

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate how the practicum experience compliments the skills acquired during the MPH studies. Identify the cross-cultural and workplace challenges in a public health setting within a developing country. Discuss the reproductive health education needs of students in rural schools in Kenya.

Keyword(s): International Health, Reproductive Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have successfully completed my MPH practicum in international health and am continuing to work on projects related to international adolescent sexual and reproductive health as I finish my degree.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.