Access to youth-friendly health services low in Ntcheu’

Ntcheu district youth officer Emmanuel Deveta has said access to youth-friendly health services among young people is low in the district.

The officer said this on Wednesday during an event on Investing for Impact of HIV and Aids Among Young People in Ntcheu project.

Deveta said the majority of youths in Ntcheu live in hard-to-reach areas, thereby making it difficult for them to access the services.

Devata: Access to youth friendly
health services low

“Access to information and services on youth- friendly health services and HIV and Aids is critical to behaviour change among sex workers, adolescent girls and boys,” he said.

On his part, Youth Net and Counselling (Yoneco) project officer Richard Nkhonjera said the project seeks to address the impact of HIV and Aids among the youth and preventing further HIV infection among youths living in hard-to-reach areas.

“Increased access to sexual and reproductive health services and counselling for young people will lead to our primary target who is an HIV+ youth,” he said.

Nkhonjera said few health facilities and long distances discourage youths to access youth friendly health services.

The project is funded by Egmont Trust and run by Yoneco.

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