“This program is aimed to provide a better well-being of young people through the creation of youth friendly policy among government official and relevant stakeholders; increasing access for young people toward sexual and reproductive health information; increasing the availability of medicine and counselling services that is affordable, accessible and of high quality."
Access, Services and Knowledge (ASK)
Because Young People are not Alone
The Access, Services and Knowledge (ASK) program was designed for marginalized group of young people, including young people at the juvenile detention center, youth with diverse sexuality, different ability, HIV positive and street/homeless children, to have access to better sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. The objective of the ASK program is to create a more friendly environment for young people through the development of policy that favors young people, in collaboration with the government and other relevant stakeholders; increase youth access to information on sexual and reproductive health; and increase the availability and the quality of counseling and care services that are more accessible for young people.
The advocacy program aims at influencing the government to create a better environment for the provision of sexual and reproductive health services particularly for youth. Rutgers WPF Indonesia has partnered with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Social Welfare, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Women Empowerment for the implementation of the program at the provincial and regency levels in its work areas.
To empower the marginalized youth, the program uses a training module called SERU!, whose contents have gone through some adjustments according to the background setting of the marginalized youth. (read other article on SERU! Sumber Edukasi Masa Remajaku (Source of Information for Youth!)
The availability of sexual and reproductive health services is also called Integrated Packages Essential Services (IPES) which includes the following services:
The IPES-based services are not yet available in Puskesmas at all levels. Through the ASK program, Rutgers WPF and its partners put efforts to enable government/ public clinics to provide these services. Some services in healthcare facilities can be accessed by adults only; therefore, the availability of affordable and youth-friendly services would be highly beneficial amidst limited access to healthcare services.
Our report indicates that through the ASK program, we have reached out some 12,619 young people, 65 trainers who were facilitated through e-learning and e-support, 2,994 young people have had access to sexuality and reproductive health (SRH) services, 902 contraceptives have been distributed to marginalized youth, as many as 30,364 people have engaged in online discussion on sexuality and reproductive health rights (SRHR), over two million people have been outreached by the Sobat ASK program and 17 decision makers have raised issues on SRHR during political debate. These figures were accumulated from the program in several work areas including Jakarta, Yogyakarta and East Java, in collaboration with our partner organizations, namely PKBI (Jakarta, Yogya and East Java), Yayasan Pelita Ilmu, TeSA 129, ARI, and CD Bethesda.
The figures that we got indicate that the benefits are quite significant. Nonetheless, Rutgers WPF Indonesia is optimistic that health service centers, agents4change, community mobilizers and everyone who have participated in the program will continue to strive for improvements in their life, at least in their sexual and reproductive health aspect.
Fur further inquiries regarding the ASK program, please visit www.sobatask.net