Ask Without Shame: Combating the taboo of sex-talk in Africa

A mobile app that allows people in Africa to ask medically-certified doctors questions about sexuality.

The Problem

In certain African countries, questions about sex are either forbidden or strictly discouraged. Such questions are viewed as immoral and embarrassing. For instance, in Kenya, HIV prevalence among teenage boys is 3.8 per cent, while that of teenage girls is nearly 10 per cent. That's more than double what it is for the boys. The spread of HIV and Aids could be more easily prevented if adequate sex education was provided in schools.

The Solution

For these reasons, Ask Without Shame has created a mobile app that makes it possible for teens and adults to ask questions about their sexuality and receive accurate information in return. The user interface is easy to use, and the program is designed to present the user with the requested information while guaranteeing the user absolute confidentiality and privacy. Ask Without Shame's current goal is to reach one million youth living in East Africa.

Stage of Development

  • Early Stage
  • Established Prototype
  • Scaling
  • Other

Organization to Receive Funds

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