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Cycle 8 (2019 Deadline)


CyberRwanda

PI: Aline Umubyeyi (aumubyey@nursph.org), University of Rwanda
U.S. Partner: Rebecca Hope, YLabs
Project Dates: To be determined

Project Overview:
 
This PEER-supported study will serve as a pilot testing component of the broader CyberRwanda project, a four-year USAID-funded effort aimed at helping youth have the knowledge, self-efficacy, and resources to realize their reproductive and financial goals, with ultimate aim of reducing unplanned adolescent pregnancy in Rwanda. CyberRwanda will build upon the tremendous gains Rwanda has made in the health sector, as well as previous USAID investments in the health sector, and it will partner with the Government of Rwanda to build on the country’s considerable achievements. As part of the larger project, the PEER-funded work aims to pilot test a digital education platform with pharmacists and with adolescent boys and girls aged 12-19 years in Rwanda. The CyberRwanda intervention consists of the following:
  1. Guide to Teen Success: The CyberRwanda curriculum, co-designed and prototyped with >500 youth in Rwanda, empowers youth to learn about voluntary family planning and reproductive health (FPRH) and employment skills and to set goals for their futures through age-appropriate, interactive, digital stories and activities.
  2. Ask Mutoni/Ask Ntwali: The confidential online platform answers questions and links to local youth-friendly services through “Mutoni” and “Ntwali,” virtual peer educators who provide evidence-based, teen-friendly information and signposting to clinics.
  3. Direct-to-consumer contraceptive products: Youth can directly purchase health products online and via SMS and find private and public facilities. To ensure youth-friendly care, all participating CyberRwanda pharmacies will be trained using the custom CyberRwanda digital training game designed to dispel factual misconceptions and address common provider biases.
The pilot will inform a larger impact evaluation in six districts with the primary objectives being to measure the impact of the CyberRwanda intervention on specific voluntary FPRH outcomes among youth age 12-19 who are enrolled at school at baseline. Specifically, the researchers will determine if CyberRwanda can significantly improve health outcomes among youth age 12-19 as measured through uptake of modern contraceptive methods, initiation of childbearing, and utilization of HIV testing. They will also determine the cost-effectiveness of CyberRwanda “self-service” compared to CyberRwanda “facilitated” services in increasing contraceptive uptake and decreasing the proportion initiating childbearing among sexually active youth.

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