Get Up Speak Out (GUSO)

Get Up Speak Out (GUSO) is a program focusing on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) of young people age 10-24 years. It’s a five year project that started in 2016 and is expected to end in 2020. The program aim is to realise key four objectives by the year 2020. These include;

  1. To empower the young people to be able to voice their rights
  2. To increase utilization of comprehensive SRHR information and education by all young people
  3. To increase utilization of quality and youth- friendly SRHR services that responds to the needs and rights of all young people
  4. To improve social cultural, political and legal environment for gender- sensitive, youth friendly services

GUSO implemented by a consortium – Alliance comprising 10 organisations in Kenya.

TICH implements GUSO in in five counties (Siaya, Kakamega, Homabay, Kisumu and Bungoma). In the counties TICH works with 31 community health units (CHU) which have integrated SRHR youth groups. Youth groups comprise young people aged 10-24 years and all have established leadership structures that govern and manage group activities. Each group started with an initial of 20 young people from diverse backgrounds including orphans, young parents, young people living with disability, young people living with HIV/AIDS, school dropout, teen mothers and fathers, in school both primary/secondary/tertiary, young people in early marriages among other diverse groups in the communities, with an aim to reach the entire sub location/CHU.   Below is a summary sites where TICH is implementing GUSO program.

No. County Sub County CHU YOUTH GROUP
1 Kisumu Nyando Magina
Kochongo North
Kochongo South
Magina
Kochongo North
Kochongo South
Nyakach Nyamarimba
Ading’o Opanga
Apodo Kasaye
Alara
Magunga
Akiayi
Nyamarimba
Ading’o Opanga
Apodo Kasaye
Alara
Magunga
Akiayi
2 Homabay Rachuonyo East Kakang’utu West
Upper Kodhoch
Kilusi
Dudi A
Kakelo Kamroth
Kokwanyo
Kakang’utu West
Upper Kodhoch
Kilusi
Dudi A
Kakelo Kamroth
Kokwanyo
3 Siaya Alego Usonga Mahola Ulawe
Sigoma Uranga
Kabura Uhuyi
Hawinga
Udenda
Mahola Ulawe
Sigoma Uranga
Kabura Uhuyi
Hawinga
Udenda
4 Kakamega Butere Shitsitswi
Mutoma
Bulanda
Emukangu
Shiatsala
Emanyika
Bubala
Shibembe
Bukhoko
Ituti
Emunuku
Shitsitswi
Mutoma
Bulanda
Emukangu
Shiatsala
Emanyika
Bubala
Shibembe
Bukhoko
Ituti
Emunuku

 

Strategies TICH Implements Include:

  • Structural and fair representation in decision making process
  • Network and movement building
  • Building positive youth adult partnership
  • Capacity development for information providers
  • Direct access to SRHR information e.g. Electronic & Mobile Health channels
  • Capacity building on provision of YFS
  • Strengthening existing YF services.
  • Strengthening social accountability mechanism
  • Promotion of YFS to bring SRH services to young people and adolescent(young CHVs targeted SRH outreach using exising youth groups and peer providerd
  • Community engagement on SRHR and emerging need
  • Community engagement on SRHR and emerging needs
  • Collaboration with likeminded religious groups and actors
  • Policy analysis and review on SRHR.
  • Established representation platforms for young people on
    • TICH governance and management structures
    • On 31 community based structures
  • Established a platform for young people to network nationally
  • Established a framework within 31 communities for youth adult partnership
  • Trained initial 770 young people SRHR information providers to serve 31 CHU/Sub location
  • Established 5 sub county based platforms for direct access to SRHR information through Whatsapp and table talks
  • Trained 9 health personnel on Youth Friendly Services (YFS)
  • Strengthened 21 health facilities on Youth Friendly Services (YFS)
  • Established 31 social accountability structures at community health units levels 5 sub county level structures
  • Established 5 sub county level systems for structural involvement in SRHR for young people
  • Established 31 community health unit/sub location level systems for structural involvement in SRHR for young people
  • Reached over 2 million people with SRHR awareness messages within the catchment area
  • Undertook a structural advocacy with county policy makers in 2018
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