HER VOICE: Augmenting vulnerable Kenyan girls and women with disability access to safe abortion services through a disability friendly mobile outreach model and home based support services
Women Spaces Africa Kenya
Girls and women with disabilities face significant barriers to accessing information on safe abortion, specifically if they are visually and/or hearing impaired and unable to obtain information through traditional educational campaigns. The team will develop and test an outreach strategy that trains community health workers with disabilities in Nairobi County as peer educators that conduct community outreach and home visits to women and girls. These peer educators will engage women and girls with disabilities in training on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), specifically medical abortion, integrated with economic empowerment skills training. A revolving group loan fund to support income-generating activities will be established. Furthermore, the women and girls with disabilities will design materials for a disability-friendly text hotline and braille information, education, and communication materials on medical abortion and SRHR, which will be distributed to resource centres for people with disabilities. Health care providers will also be trained on disability-friendly medical abortion.