The Lifeyangu.com platform was launched on 4th May 2022 by Dr. George Rae, Kisumu County’s acting CEC for Health, in collaboration with a group of local and international organizations led by Deutsche Stiftung Welbevölkerung (DSW) and Bayer East Africa.
Life Yangu will provide information to Kenyans aged 18 to 24 years old, making it easier for them to get sexual and reproductive health care by mapping out nearby health facilities and creating a safe setting for the youth to share information. For the initial phase of the project, 106 public clinics have been identified.
Dr. George Rae, Kisumu County’s acting CEC for Health, said the ministry was pleased to have this public-private cooperation, which brings together like-minded organizations to develop practical solutions that improve Kenyans’ lives.
The website was inspired by the difficulty of finding trustworthy reproductive health specialists and information online in Kenya, as well as the growing need to equip Kenya’s youth with this knowledge. Local reproductive health facilities and contraception alternatives are among the crucial information that the young can now access.
“We are in the digital age, and as such, there is a need to ensure young people can access online tools to advance their lives. The government has put in place a raft of measures to create an environment conducive to innovation that will positively impact all Kenyans, including the young people. In 2019 during the International Conference on Population and Development, Nairobi Summit, H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta committed to employing Innovation, Communication, and Technology to ensure adolescents and youth attain the highest standards of health,” Dr. Rae added.
DSW Kenya Country Director Evelyn Samba acknowledged that one of the reasons they picked the online option was that young Kenyans are far more comfortable seeking information online than in physical facilities.
“This backdrop is why we wanted a digital solution that is simple, accessible, and easy to find; a platform that aims at reducing the pressure points for young people as they look for information about their reproductive health and a space where they find accurate and appropriate information and where their questions and concerns stay private- and will not expose them to stigma and suspicion by peers and parents/guardians.,” MS Samba said.