Connecting youth to other health and well-being services in the ecosystem through partnerships
Shout is dedicated to ensuring that we advance the goals, objectives and policies of our partners and supporters including the South Africa Departments of Health, Education and Social Development as well as supporters like the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and Grand Challenges Canada.
Shout is proud to be a vital part of South Africa’s large ecosystem of service providers working to bend the curve of the HIV/AIDS pandemic
Shout-It-Now and Community Media Trust, also known as Siyayinqoba, are committed to working together to help build healthy people and healthy communities. Currently, Shout and CMT are partnering to implement a DREAMS-funded project to provide a comprehensive package of prevention services, including life skills programs implemented by CMT and health services implemented by Shout. These activities are particularly focused on adolescent girls and young women aged 15 – 24 years old, but services are provided to all ages and genders, as we want to ensure all people can benefit from the full package of prevention services that we collectively offer.
Period poverty refers to a lack of access to menstrual education and resources, causing girls to miss school and resort to unsafe materials for managing their period. Menstrual cups are a cost-effective and eco-friendly solution that can empower girls and women. They provide a sustainable alternative to traditional products and can be financially advantageous in the long run. To launch this partnership, MPower donated 10,000 menstrual cups to Shout-It-Now, and has supported us with training to ensure our staff are adequately informed in order to engage with clients for the use of these cups. These cups are provided as a free benefit to clients within the Eyakho Mo’ghel membership group.
Glasgow-based technology company Simul8 has assisted Shout in maximising its resources under tight budgetary constraints. Simul8 offered its specialist process simulation services on a pro-bono basis, including software and consultancy, to help Shout increase its services and reach more vulnerable young women. The objectives of the project included:
We knew that any increase in service capacity offered the chance to change a person’s life forever. An initial target was set for a 15 percent uplift in the number of people that staff could see through process improvements.
Shout has not only been able to increase the number of people that it can see each day, it has been able to reduce waiting times, maximise the time that its team are able to spend one-on-one with clients, and improve working conditions for staff.