Save the Children Malawi has urged the youth in Mzimba to access sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services to prevent unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
Speaking on Friday at Kazengo Primary School during an adolescent SRH outreach campaign, the organisation’s SRH project manager Chimwemwe Mpunga said they wanted more youths to access the services.
He said: “We have employed initiatives that create awareness and understanding of SRH services.
“Besides community outreach clinics, there are youth community-based distribution agents that enhance access and uptake of the services among the youth.”
Mzimba District Hospital deputy safe motherhood coordinator Daniel Mulenga said the project has helped them to reach out to more youths with the services.
“It [the project] allows us to take the services to beneficiaries. Demand for the services has also increased,” he said.
One of the youth, Alinafe Tembo, pledged to access family planning services to prevent unplanned pregnancies.
Save the Children Malawi is implementing a one-year SRH project in the district with financial support from Medhum through Save the Children Norway.