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If we want to transform the lives of adolescent girls, the best thing we can do is put the power of real-time data and positive choices in their hands.
Connecting her to the data and sexual and reproductive health services she needs, In Their Hands is a digital platform that puts girls at the very heart of what we want to achieve; enabling her choices, giving her a voice and making her count.
Girls sign up for In Their Hands on a mobile phone or through a community mobiliser. Once enrolled, she is then able to access services through a network of clinics and providers where she’ll receive free sexual and reproductive health services; counselling on her contraceptive options, such as pills, injections, condoms and advice on STI’s.
Afetr their visit, girls are asked to rate the service they received and then share this rating with other girls in their community. Sharing ratings pushes service providers to be more accountable and provide a better service. Girls are rewarded for their participation and ratings with ‘Tiko Miles’ - virtual points that can be spent on a range of items at local shops.
Elizabeth 19 years, Naivasha
have enrolled onto the system with steady growth in both the number of girls enrolling, and accessing services.
have accessed SRH service as of March 2019
In addition to enabling girls with choices about where, when and how they receive services, the most unique benefit of the In Their Hands platform is in its ability to generate real-time data. Through the Tableau interface, funders and programme managers are able to see how many girls are signing up, receiving services and how they are rating those services.
This real-time data gives managers the tools they need to understand at a glance what’s happening in the field, spot emerging trends in the data, plan, make necessary adjustments, and so maximise their impact in the most effective way.
Global Operations Lead at Triggerise
After just two years ‘live’ in Kenya, the In Their Hands platform has seen 258,000 girls sign up, with 157,000 accessing the services in just over a year, and 243 clinics and providers active on the network.
Whilst results like these are of course positive and exciting, they are really just the beginning. By putting the communities we want to help to at the very heart of the programme, and giving managers the real-time data they need to achieve the real-world impacts they are hoping for, In Their Hands has huge scope to change the game across a whole range of health and social interventions. What will you do with it?