This project aims to the challenges, which are affecting the seamen population and their sexual partners in attaining good state of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and exercising their rights. The challenges are largely twofold: a) lack of knowledge and information about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in general; and b) lack of access to relevant SRH services among the seamen communities in Agadir in the Souss Massa region. The seamen communities share particular SRHR needs related to the nature of their work that they work up to six months at sea in a men-only environment. The proposal tackles the lack of adequate resources for a stronger system for health service provision by providing relevant SRH services. It also addresses the most noticeable aspect of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) of this community resulting from a large gap in male involvement in SRHR issues. In addition to working directly with the male population, the project will adapt innovative interventions and approaches such as developing a workplace SRHR policy to improve the SRHR outcome in the communities of seamen and their partners.
To increase seamen’s access to SRH services and decrease the prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence by 20%.
- Improve the SRH outcomes of 14,000 seamen in Agadir through information and services.
- Empower 14,000 seamen to address SGBV through access to information and psychological support.
- Advocate for workplace policies on SRHR to be adopted by three stakeholders directly involved in the fish industry in the region.
Objective 1: Improve the SRH outcomes of 14,000 seamen in Agadir through information and services.
- Output 1.1: 14,000 seamen have good knowledge and understanding of SRHR and of where they can access services.
- Output 1.2: The port clinic is upgraded with human resources, equipment and supplies to provide adequate services to 14,000 seamen.
- Output 1.3: 66,000 SRH services provided to 14,000 seamen for family planning, STI/HIV prevention and treatment, and other SRH-related symptoms.
Objective 2: Empower 14,000 seamen to address SGBV through access to information and psychological support.
- Output 2.1: Seamen’s difficulties regarding SGBV is analysed and understood.
- Output 2.2: 14,000 seamen with increased understanding of identifying and preventing SGBV.
- Output 2.3: The wives/sexual partners of seamen have improved awareness for SGBV and the services available for them to access.
Objective 3: Advocate for workplace policies on SRHR to be adapted by three stakeholders directly involved in the fish industry in the region.
- Output 3.1: Collaborative partnerships are built between the port agency and fishery businesses to promote seamen’s health and access to SRHR.