Collaboration is Key
March was an incredibly productive month for SFF and facilitating collaboration among our 130+ partners continues to be one of the most rewarding aspects of our work.
During my site visits in March, I traveled to Lake Elementaita in Kenya, a soda lake flocked with flamingoes and the location for our Peer-to-Peer Reproductive Health workshop with Planned Parenthood. The goal of this workshop was to link Planned Parenthood to our grassroots clinic partners – Amani Global Works, Lwala Community Alliance, Soft Power Health, Village Health Works, Village Hopecore, FAME, Shining Hope for Communities, Mpoma AIDS Initiative and the Kyetume Clinic.
Planned Parenthood did an excellent job facilitating the “Trainer of Trainers” workshop, working alongside two representatives from each NGO interested in training youth to provide sexual and reproductive education to their peers. Some topics addressed were:
- Knowledge (or lack of) that young people have about reproduction, contraception, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and HIV and AIDS
- Utilizing each organization’s resources to implement a Youth Peer Provider (YPP) program
- Mobilizing the community to support a YPP program & partnering with a health care facility
We also worked together to create a list of “haves” and “needs” between partners, with the hope that at some point we can exchange resources to help achieve all of our goals effectively. We’re looking forward to more workshops with our partners on-the-ground and the creation of a collaborative SFF Health Network for increased efficiency among rural health clinics in Africa.