Roundtable Topic: Addressing the Intersection of Adolescent Early Pregnancy, HIV Infection, and Mental Health in Marginalized Communities

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Roundtable Topic: Addressing the Intersection of Adolescent Early Pregnancy, HIV Infection, and Mental Health in Marginalized Communities

December 29, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Roundtable Theme: Empowering Adolescents for a Healthier Future

The roundtable aims to address the pressing issues of adolescent early pregnancy, HIV infection, and mental health among young people in marginalized communities. The theme focuses on empowering adolescents through comprehensive support, education, and access to healthcare services to ensure a healthier future for them.

Key Discussion Points:

  1. Understanding the Challenges: Explore the root causes and challenges faced by adolescents in marginalized communities that lead to early pregnancy, HIV infection, and mental health issues. Examine the social, economic, and cultural factors that contribute to these challenges.
  2. Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health Education: Highlight the importance of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education in schools, religious institutions, and community settings. Discuss strategies to empower adolescents with accurate information about safe sex practices, family planning, and HIV prevention.
  3. Access to Healthcare Services: Address the barriers faced by adolescents in marginalized communities in accessing healthcare services. Identify ways to improve access to HIV testing, treatment, prenatal care, and mental health support for young people.
  4. Mental Health Support: Discuss the impact of early pregnancy and HIV infection on the mental health of adolescents. Explore ways to provide mental health support and counseling services to help young people cope with stigma, anxiety, and depression.
  5. Combating Stigma and Discrimination: Examine the role of stigma and discrimination in hindering adolescents from seeking healthcare and support. Develop strategies to combat stigma and create a supportive environment for young people.
  6. Engaging with Faith-Based Institutions: Explore the potential of religious institutions, such as churches and mosques, in promoting positive behaviors and providing support to adolescents. Discuss ways to work collaboratively with faith-based organizations to disseminate accurate information and foster acceptance.
  7. Community Involvement: Emphasize the importance of community engagement in supporting adolescents. Involve parents, community leaders, and youth advocates in developing solutions that are relevant to the specific needs of marginalized communities.
  8. Empowerment and Resilience: Discuss how to empower adolescents to make informed decisions about their health and well-being. Explore ways to build resilience and agency in young people to navigate challenges and improve their overall quality of life.
  9. Multi-Sectoral Collaboration: Highlight the significance of multi-sectoral collaboration in addressing these complex issues. Encourage partnerships between government agencies, non-governmental organizations, healthcare providers, educational institutions, and community stakeholders.

The roundtable seeks to foster open and constructive dialogue among stakeholders to develop actionable strategies and recommendations. It aims to promote holistic approaches to address adolescent early pregnancy, HIV infection, and mental health in marginalized communities, ensuring that young people receive the support they need to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

Details

Date:
December 29, 2023
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Organizer

Youth Initiative Development Programme
Phone
+254711269225
Email
bekindtoyourmind@yidpk.org

Venue

Nairobi, Kenya
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