Aurateen is a platforms that provide an open space for teenagers to ask questions concerning sexual health and teen hood challenges that they are facing in their daily lives. And provides answers from qualified health/youth experts, counselors and peer educators.
Most of Tanzanian teenagers drop out from school due to negative peer influence, early pregnancies and motherhood.
Teenagers are at a very high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS whereby there are more than 500,000 teens who live with HIV / AIDS today in Tanzania and there’s 23% of Teenage pregnancies according to the ministry of Health in Tanzania.
All of these are caused by lack of access to complete information on how to protect themselves as teenagers, and make wise decisions.
Many girls miss classes during their menstruation periods because they can’t afford to buy sanitary pads so they opt to stay home and use unhygienic, ineffective and uncomfortable materials to manage their menstruation.
Since there’s a growing trend of the use of technology world-wide and teenagers are most interested and engage themselves with technology; therefore, I came up with a solution of creating an online platform which provides sexual health awareness to teenagers whereby teens are able to ask questions, interact and get counselling concerning the challenges and risks that they face in their lives as teenagers.
There’s also a community integration, letting the teens discuss and share experience on how they managed to overcome the challenges that they are facing, they lack access to complete information on how to protect themselves from different risks they are likely to face such as negative peer influence, teen pregnancy and HIV infection to young people in Tanzania.
However Aurateen (www.aurateen.org) gives them a chance to access the necessary information, advice and counselling in shaping their lives, and behaviours towards their goals. And also we are in the process of making re-useable sanitary pads for Young girls and women and sell them in affordable price to protect them from health risks whereby Menstruation is one of the most uniquely female experiences. Aurateen has currently impacted more than 1500 teenagers who are aged between 13 to 19 years old , with a vision of impacting more than 1 million Tanzanian teenagers most especially young women and girls in rural area s in 5 years to come and later expand all over Africa .
Aurateen measures impact by doing a research online and offline to evaluate the work that we have done for a specific period of time and to find out the rate of HIV/AIDS infection to youth if it has risen or decreased among Young people especially Young girls and women.