Self-care digital platform supporting adolescents to prevent unplanned pregnancy and HIV in Rwanda
CyberRwanda uses digital education to improve the health and livelihoods of urban adolescents (12-19 years) by providing training in employment skills, HIV and sexual and reproductive health information, and linkage to health products and youth-friendly services.
Through the SHOP function, young people can purchase HIV and health products, complete medically necessary screenings online and receive secure code online and via SMS for pick-up. It also includes a geo-tagged service finder for all national clinics and networked pharmacies. It will be implemented and evaluated this year using a 3-arm cluster randomized controlled non-inferiority trial study which will be conducted in 60 schools across six districts in Rwanda.
Every aspect of CyberRwanda - from the intervention design, to the visual style, to the character names and FAQ content - was co-designed with over 800 Rwandan youth, parents, teachers, and service providers. This has helped ensure that the intervention is not only fun and educational but also that the content, tone and feel meet young people’s information and support needs around teen pregnancy and HIV prevention. All content was reviewed, validated and approved through the appropriate government technical working groups in Rwanda.