YMCA Conducts Training for Young People & Health Care Practitioners
Activities under the Act2 Live Project have been taking place in several locations in Liberia.
The Liberia YMCA under the Multi Country Health Initiative has been implementing a refresher training or TOT for Peer Educators in three regions in Liberia, Lofa, Bong and Montserrado Counties.
The training according to the YMCA Multi Country Health Initiative Coordinator, Monica Quaqua, is to enable peer educators reach the target indirect beneficiaries, thus making them effective in their work.
Mrs. Quaqua said at the end of the training Peer educators will be able to effectively perform and reach out to more young people in their communities, while at the same time reaching out through peer to peer approach, understanding and addressing neglected health issues.
The refresher training targeted thirty peer educators.
Additionally training for health care practitioners to replicate knowledge on youth friendly health services have also been taking place in Montserrado and Bong Counties.
The three days activities provided an in-depth understanding of youth friendly facilities for health care practitioners.
It was also intended for health care practitioners to have and demonstrate increased knowledge and skills in youth friendly and health service provision, while at the same time allowing them to exercise best practices in service provision to youth.
From February 12-14, 2014 the program also conducted refresher training for youth advocates in budget literacy and monitoring.
The training which targeted nineteen youth advocates was intended to enable them acquire knowledge and ideas about Liberia’s health budget while at the same time being able to know whether the budget has adequately been addressing neglected health issues identified from the Act2 Live Youth Health Project.
It was also intended to build the skills of youth advocates in monitoring and also refresh them about the process of advocacy engagements in meeting primary and secondary audiences.
Recently as part of activities under the program, sporting activities were held to sensitize and create awareness on neglected health issues among young people.
During the games peer educators provided peer education on neglected health issues, while the youth advocates provided information on the existing youth friendly services.
The events targeted over 1500 persons with MCHI Act to Live peer educators creating awareness on neglected health issues among young people. It also provided the opportunity to provide increased knowledge on the prevention of STIs among young people.
A refresher training for youth advocates in budget literacy and monitoring at the YMCA under the Act2 Live Project