Adolescent girls in Karonga have bemoaned lack of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) messages to enable them make informed choices to prevent unplanned pregnancies.
The girls said this on Tuesday at Baka RTC during a stakeholders dialogue Karonga Debate Club organised to appreciate challenges girls face when accessing SRH services.
However, Emily Chitete, said most health service providers prefer working with boys in SRH services.
“Yet girls are the most affected due to lack of information on SRH issues,” she said.
Women with Vision Club Peer educator Chilufya Mwakyanjala asked authorities to take SRH messages to rural areas.
“With the revised school curriculum, adolescent girls need SRH messages through various platforms to demystify cultural beliefs on family planning methods,” she said.
Karonga District director of health and social services David Sibale acknowledged the concerns.
“There is need to train more service providers to reach many youths with SRH messages,” he said.
Karonga Debate Club executive director Paul Gondwe said the response from the girls gave them opportunity to incorporate the challenges in training manuals.
The club is implementing a health governance project in the district with K32 million funding from UN-Women.