It was joy and cheers as youth advocates participated in an exciting awareness caravan that was flagged off in Nairobi headed to Watamu, Malindi for this year’s Third Annual Scientific Conference on Youth and Adolescents SRHR.

Straight Talk is the official communication partner for the conference, now two years running. The conference is organised by the Reproductive Health Network Kenya and supported by Rutgers, PP Global, She Decides, Ipas among others.

Dr Joel Gondi, the Senior Deputy Director of Medical Services also the Head of the Reproductive and Maternal Health Services Unit at the Ministry of Health in Kenya officially flagged off the youth Caravan with pomp and color at the Reproductive Health Network Kenya headquarters at Upper hill, Nairobi. The caravan  travelled 566km to Malindi for the Youth pre-conference engaging and collecting youth views on accessibility of SRHR services and information. That was subsequently presented in the outcome document at the conference.

Dr Gondi was accompanied by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Deputy Representative Dr Azziz and Reproductive Health Network (RHNK) chairman Dr Nyamu.

The caravan held different stops at Emali, Mtito Andei, Voi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Gede involving the communities in awareness about their sexual and reproductive health and rights while distributing condoms and copies of Straight Talk magazines. At Mlolongo, the caravan heard about the difficulties young women faced in accessing reproductive health services. These views were collected and presented and formed part of the communique presented at the conference.