The subject of Health and Sexual reproductive rights is a major area of youth interest and attention. It is a broad subject that covers both matters of sexuality and health related issues. The youth in the Muslim community,
like other communities, face challenges concerning Non-communicable diseases, reproductive health, including the HIV/AIDS pandemic, drugs and substances abuse (khat, bhang/marijuana, heroin and brown sugar etc), STIs, teenage pregnancies, abortion, early marriages and female genital mutilation. In KMYA target areas, the issues of increased cases of female school dropouts, early marriages, HIV/AIDS scourge, drug and substance abuse, unplanned child bearing among adolescents and youth, teenage and unwanted pregnancies, early teenage and forced marriages, female genital mutilation, increased childbearing health related complications affecting young mothers including fistula, lack of child spacing, increased maternal deaths pose the biggest challenge to the youth.
In this regard, KMYA has successfully implemented a number of projects in Nairobi, Nakuru and Taita Taveta Counties respectively.
In this regard, KMYA has successfully implementing various Health and SRH/FP Advocacy, Awareness creation and Information Dissemination projects such as;
- In 2015-2016, through funding from PAI, KMYA successfully supported Muslim Religious Leaders FP Promotion and Budget advocacy champions who successfully advocated for a 5% budget allocation towards family planning in Nakuru County.
- In Nairobi, KMYA is implementing an advocacy project on Non-Communicable Diseases targeting advocating for inclusion of budgetary allocation towards efforts to reduce effects of NCDs. This project is funded by the Public Health Institute.
- and in Nakuru on HIV and Aids—the goal of the HIV and Aids project is to upscale VCT uptake and provides HBC treatment for infected and affected people. This project is supported by the Red Cross Society of Kenya.
KMYA continues to seek partnerships to carry out more interventions aimed at enabling Muslim Adolescents, youth and women access quality healthcare services and information.