Research findings open eyes in Kenya and Benin
“I am really proud that we were able to attract the attention of national media in both Kenya and Benin for our work. In Benin, the research team was invited to a health-focused programme on national radio. In both countries when we invited health care workers, young peer educators and journalists to talk about our findings midwives, doctors, journalists, health care workers shared their personal commitments to reduce the vulnerability of girls and women to unsafe abortion based on the study findings and recommendations.”
“From a journalist in Benin committing to keep the conversation going on the importance of comprehensive sexuality education and another calling out to other journalists to demystify abortion through media accessible to young people, to a health care worker in Kenya promising to share the research findings with community elders and religious leaders, it was all really inspiring,” says Ramatou.
“The results are important too, especially youth activists, NGOs and national, county, and local governments and health workers. By disseminating the data at different platforms and in different forms and organising follow-up conversations we hope that they become (and we have seen this happening already) inspired and motivated to improve their services, health-sector management, programmes. In the long run, these results are important to girls and young women with unintended pregnancies, who will hopefully benefit from better services, from more knowledge and information and from more legal protection,” concludes Jonna.