Past research has found that married adolescent girls in Nyanza Province, Kenya, face higher risks of HIV infection than unmarried but sexually active girls their age in the province and other parts of the country. To address this challenge, the Population Council’s APHIA II Operations Research Project, in collaboration with Well Told Story and the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, developed a study to assess the effectiveness of an intervention designed to increase married adolescent girls’ access to comprehensive reproductive health and HIV information and services in Homa Bay and Rachuonyo districts. The study found that using interactive communication campaigns and community health workers led to significant increases in the proportion of married adolescent girls taking up maternal health services and family planning in Nyanza. Special efforts should be made to introduce married adolescent girls and their partners to long-acting or permanent methods of family planning.
"Community health workers and the media can be effective in providing health information to married adolescent girls in the community," APHIA II Operations Research Project in Kenya OR Summary. Nairobi: Population Council, 2011.
AIDS, Population, and Health Integrated Assistance (APHIA II) Operations Research Project