Youth+Phones = Perfect Match, right? Measuring potential and results in digital health for youth in LMICs

It appears a natural fit, using digital technology and its many private, personalizable channels to improve young people’s sexual and reproductive health (SRH). In this session, presenters explored the reality, using the results of studies to assess the potential and actual effect of youth-targeted digital health interventions from LMICs. Potential: From Rwanda + Malawi, YTH presented community insights data from their formative studies around how digital technology can prevent unplanned pregnancy and improve employment skills and linkages to education training and youth-friendly providers. Pilot: From Nigeria, the results of FHI360’s SMART Connections study assessing feasibility and acceptability of online support groups (using Facebook) among adolescents living with HIV. Proof: From Kenya, WHO presented preliminary results of its ARMADILLO Study, an RCT to assess the effect of on-demand, SMS-based information to youth in dispelling myths and misconceptions related to contraception.

Speakers included:

  • Tigest Tamrat (MODERATOR) (Technical Officer, WHO)
  • Laiah Idelson (Strategic Partnerships and Innovations Lead, YTH)
  • Lianne Gonsalves (Technical Officer, WHO)
  • Trinity Zan (Technical Advisor, FHI 360)