Health remain one of the major intervention areas of YARDO-SL since its formation in 2014, at which time it main purpose was to help in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease that claimed thousands of Sierra Leoneans Lives.
The Health program aims to improve health care among young people (especially young girls) through capacity building and awareness raising activity on the prevention, control and treatment of diseases such as malaria, cholera, and STDs (gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV and AIDS). YARDO-SL takes a multi-pronged approach to community health education by offering community health meetings and forums on selected issues in monthly editions, covering topics on malaria, HIV, AIDS etc. This approach helps to increase community awareness and participation in the prevention and treatment of diseases prevalent in their communities.
The Gender program aims to advocate for and train young women on skills to enhance their understanding of social issues affecting them such as early marriage, teenage pregnancy, gender-based violence, anti-drugs and also form gender clubs to help build resilience to handle various challenges and support each other.
This two-in-one program seek to socially and economically empower young people (especially girls) to overcome the complex, interrelated factors that contributed to their vulnerabilities, and become change agent in their communities.
Key Program Activities
Malaria, HIV and AIDS campaign
School Hygiene promotion
Women empowerment schemes