The Inclusively friendly SRHR project was designed by Rise up youth Champion Mahlet Alemayehu Siraga. It was implemented by the Rise Up youth Champion Mahlet Alemayehu and her team. Team members: Mahlet Alemayehu, Project manager, Yohanna Alemayehu, Advisor, and author, Selamawit Emiru, Editor, Yidnekachew Mogessie, Editor,  Mulumebet  Abera, Author, Lia Solomon, Editor, Temesgen Alemayehu, and Michael Tesfaye, Branding and designing. The project was funded by PHI through Rise up youth Championship and has served 200 youth with visual impairment. ECYDO’s role was an administration of finances.

The ultimate goal of the project entitled “Inclusively friendly SRHR” is improving SRHR of youth with visual impairment ages 14 – 25 in Ethiopia through enhancing their knowledge in SRHR by developing Braille and Audio SRHR dictionary and shape coded menstrual cycle tracking bracelets.  It aims to ensure that SRHR education is not only youth friendly but also inclusive of youth with visual impairment. The project was developed an SRHR dictionary in Braille and audio and Menstrual Cycle tracking bracelets that are shape coded.

The project was conducted by Mahlet Alemayehu (M.D), Youth Champion 2019, along with youth from different sectors including disability advisors, Medical Doctors, and students with visual impairment.   Through the project, health care professionals and health care leaders were also be trained on addressing the barriers youth with visual impairment face within health institutions.

Major results of the project include;

  1. Developed Braille and audio SRHR Dictionary with stories; – Most SRHR information materials remain to be inaccessible for youth with visual impairment in Ethiopia. Even when the information is accessible, the terminologies are not clearly defined. The Braille and audio SRHR dictionary will bridge this gap.
  2. Developed Shape Coded Menstrual cycle tracking Bracelet; – The shape coded menstrual cycle tracking bracelet has been assist girls with visual impairment to understand their cycles further including when ovulation occurs and the fertile interval within their own individual cycles.
  3. Raised awareness of health care professionals on disability inclusion in SRHR; – 50 health care professionals and health care leaders trained on addressing barriers faced by youth with visual impairment to attain SRHR information within the health care institutions.