Universal Journal of Public Health Vol. 7(2), pp. 73 - 81
DOI: 10.13189/ujph.2019.070205
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Using Mobile Technology to Access Sexual and Reproductive Health Information and Services by Adolescent & Young Persons: Findings from Nigeria


Eremutha Awasighe Francis 1,*, Gabriel Veronica Chizoba 1, Olumide Adesola 2
1 Women Friendly Initiative (WFI), Nigeria
2 Institute of Child Health, University of Ibadan/University College Hospital, Nigeria

ABSTRACT

Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) issues are important aspects of adolescent health and development. Increasing access to newer mobile technologies such as computers and cell phones makes it possible to reach adolescents with sexual, reproductive and other health messages via these media. The study was designed to determine young people's knowledge and use of media technologies in the provision of SRH information and services. A cross-sectional study that employed a mixed methods approach was conducted. This involved both quantitative and qualitative methods. 1342 young persons were questioned: 53.1% males and 46.9% females with an overall mean age of 17.1 ± 3.5 years. Almost 66% of the adolescents had access to the internet and mostly at home (87.3%). More of those in the rural (approximately 70.5%) then urban (61.4%) had internet access and <50% of all the young people were aware that one could obtain information on locations of youth friendly centres from electronic media. Desires to improve their knowledge on the SRH issues were some reasons mentioned by the young persons for their choice of the internet as a source of SRH information. The findings shows that it is imperative for potential providers to ensure that SRH information made available through these mobile technologies is accurate and up-to-date and that information on reliable sources of care are also provided to facilitate linkages to reliable SRH care.

KEYWORDS
Adolescent, Young People, Mobile Technology, Sexual and Reproductive Health

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Eremutha Awasighe Francis , Gabriel Veronica Chizoba , Olumide Adesola , "Using Mobile Technology to Access Sexual and Reproductive Health Information and Services by Adolescent & Young Persons: Findings from Nigeria," Universal Journal of Public Health, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 73 - 81, 2019. DOI: 10.13189/ujph.2019.070205.

(b). APA Format:
Eremutha Awasighe Francis , Gabriel Veronica Chizoba , Olumide Adesola (2019). Using Mobile Technology to Access Sexual and Reproductive Health Information and Services by Adolescent & Young Persons: Findings from Nigeria. Universal Journal of Public Health, 7(2), 73 - 81. DOI: 10.13189/ujph.2019.070205.