B-wise South-Africa - Stepped Care Model

B-wise South-Africa - Stepped Care Model

Project

Youth brand B-wise is built around the Stepped Care Model for Sexual Health adapted to the South African context. It organises and improves existing SRHR services and information both on and offline. So young people can easily get reliable answers to all their questions, in ways they prefer.

Launched in 2015, B-wise is led by the South African National Department of Health. In 2020 the opportunity opened to revitalize B-wise to expand reach and improve engagement on the platform. The internet connection for online services is at no financial costs due to a partnership with the major Telecom providers in the country.

Project details

Time frame
01 August 2019 - 31 December 2020
Budget
€ 0
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Objectives

B-wise aims to become the most trusted, personalized and engaging source of SRHR health information for adolescents and youth in South Africa, with the objective to:
- Decrease new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women
- Decrease teenage pregnancies, in particular those under 18 years
- Increase retention of AGYW in schools
- Decrease sexual and gender based violence among adolescent girls and young women
- Help young people have better mental health outcomes

Community groups

B-wise supports adolescents and young people, including people living with HIV.

Background

In South Africa, adolescent girls and young women aged 15-24 years, face a disproportionate burden of HIV, high rate of unplanned pregnancies, high incidence of gender-based violence and a growing burden of mental health issues.

Young people have different kinds of issues, problems and information needs when it comes to sexual and reproductive health. Some may be helped by reading a self-help online article, watching an instructional video, or taking an online risk assessment. Others could benefit from a phone call with a peer support group or online chat with a health professional. Still others may prefer a physical examination or long-term treatment from a licensed doctor. Different services need to be provided to meet the different needs of young people.
 

Goals

Everyone living with HIV worldwide receives treatment
50%
Contributed within this project
< 200,000 new HIV infections globally
50%
Contributed within this project

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