One of the specific activities under the IPAB project was to recruit youth ambassadors who will act as NCDs advocates and champion for increased priority and attention to NCDs. These youth ambassadors (7 in number) were taken through a rigorous virtual bootcamp to equip them with skills and requisite knowledge to advocate for non-communicable diseases. The bootcamp was initially planned to be an in-person even but the advent of COVID-19 disrupted it even as mobility restrictions were introduced to contain the spread.
When the containment measures were relaxed and scaled down, there was a growing body of need to meet these youth in a face-to-face meeting. This was greatly warranted to capacity build and preparing them to actively pick up NCDs advocacy activities in Vihiga county.
Development of NCDs Advocacy Strategy
During the three-day meeting, Stowelink helped the Youth Ambassadors craft an Advocacy Strategy for 2021. This advocacy strategy contains the activities that the youth ambassadors plan to conduct in 2021 in order to heighten NCDs advocacy. The plan contains a mix of advocacy activities including participation in public expenditure development for 2021, literacy programmes and community led projects.
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