Gaining support from teen fathers
As a key source of support for young mothers, boys and young fathers were also an important audience for this campaign. In partnership with the Rwanda Men’s Resource Centre (RWAMREC), we distributed leaflets targeted to young men that included messaging around sharing childcare responsibilities and preventing teen pregnancies.
“The message on the leaflet is powerful and very inspirational,” shared a male parent from Nyabihu. “I used to laugh at other men who help their wives do home chores and accompany them to the health center. But I have changed my mindset. Last week, I brought my daughter to the health center to get the vaccine she skipped two months ago.”
We also hung 358 posters in health centre waiting rooms across seven districts in Rwanda, which showcase visual and written information on nutrition and immunisation and speak to the needs of both mothers and fathers.
The impact we’ve made
Through these collaborative efforts we have already reached over 9,600 teen, expectant and young mothers this year, 17,150 boys, young fathers and parents and over 350 health centres.
“Before coming across the Ni Bo Ejo mini-magazine, I believed that if my baby receives one or two vaccines, that’s enough. But the Akurane Itoto helped me know that I was wrong. They showed me all the types of vaccines a baby has to receive until he reaches 15 months old,” shared a teen mother from Huye district.
Campaigns like this show that increased awareness and good self-esteem can generate better health outcomes for teen mothers. This is essential to not only prevent teenage pregnancies in future, but to strengthen the confidence of teenage and young mothers in Rwanda, and enable them to see new opportunities for themselves and their children.
With thanks to our partners in this campaign: the National Youth Council, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Rwanda Girl Guides Association, Pact, Empower Rwanda, Duhozanye, ActionAid, Miracle Corners, Komera, AEE, and AVSI Rwanda.
Find out more about Ni Nyampinga and the impact it’s having on girls and young people across Rwanda here.