Blantyre Urban youth officer Daud Ngwala has said early adolescent exposure to sexual reproductive health messages will nurture the development of youths into responsible citizens in the district.
He made the remarks on Wednesday during a stakeholders’ quarterly review meeting of Translation and Dissemination of Called to Care Manual No.8 Project.
The project is being implemented by Youth Activists Initiative Organisation (Yaio) in partnership with Strategies for Hope Trust with financial support from Misereor in Germany.
In the project, Yaio distributes Moyo Wanga-Kuyambira Pano, a life skills handbook with information on HIV and Aids, decision-making, reproductive health, substance and alcohol abuse and other life topics to youths through schools, community-based organisations, faith-based organisations and youth clubs in Blantyre.
Speaking during the meeting, Ngwala said the project’s package provides youths with crucial information to make decisions.
“Youths should have easy access to sexual reproductive health issues to curb early pregnancies, child marriages and contraction of HIV that affect development,” he said.
In his remarks, Yaio executive director Tony Khanyepa commended the stakeholders for constructive review actions that will help the project to meet its objectives in the next quarter. n