In the wake of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, The Zambia U-report team still planned and conducted awareness and sensitization activities in primary and secondary schools where they interacted with the pupils. We have had the pleasure of visiting young people across four provinces: Central, Eastern, Lusaka, and Southern Province.
Pupils from Mazabuka Secondary School in Mazabuka District pose for a photo after receiving information on U-report.
The pandemic necessitated a rise in substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, unsafe sexual practices, and mental health disorders caused by uncertainty. The shift in focus from issues like SRHR, Mental Health, Alcohol and Substance Abuse to Covid-19 and limited physical interaction made it difficult for adolescents and young people to access readily available information and services. Although there have been several challenges, the pandemic accelerated the use and acceptance of digital technology.
From 2021 to date, the Zambia U-report team has been conducting mobilization and awareness campaigns across different schools and universities.