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Lessons Learned from the FORCE Project in Mali
The youth and adolescents in Mali face great difficulties accessing sexual and reproductive health information and services, resulting in high adolescent pregnancy rates, unsafe abortions, early marriages, and female genital mutilation (FGM).
The FORCE project has been a unique collaboration between public and private education institutes to integrate the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and youth into the curriculum of nurses, midwives, and other health workers. The aim has been to improve the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of youth and adolescents.
The video below by Yacouba Dao of Knowledge Management and Innovation Clinic (CGIC), documents the views of our partners and other stakeholders on the outcome of this very successful project, funded by Nuffic, that concluded last year.
Looking ahead, Prisca Zwanikken who has been leading the project says, “Teachers at public and private schools will need to be trained in SRH with the newly revised curriculum, as well as in competency based approaches in learning and teaching. We have provided this training in Mopti, Koulikoro, and Sikasso, and now they need to be rolled out throughout the country. We also started a new small project on improving the quality and quality assurance of the training at the public and private schools, that will also need to be rolled out to all the schools in Mali.”
“We hope that with all these activities, the youth will receive better services, avoid untimely illness and death, and ultimately the health of the population of Mali will improve,” she adds.