By Franco Mwachande Jnr (Correspondent)
Youth Action Movement (YAM) in collaboration with Youth Voice Movement (YVM) have urged youths in Mangochi district to seek their services and information in order to improve their sexual health.
The sentiments followed a training the two organizations carried out towards 100 youths in Traditional Authority Mponda, in the district recently. The seminar drilled the youngsters on how they could understand Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) issues.
Speaking during the day-long workshop, YAM president Erasmo Mbemba said it was paramount to be discussing SRHR issues publicly so the youths could be intellectually empowered.
“The aim of this meeting was to empower and sensitize them so that they can know about SRHR this all about and if they have such topics they should know where to go and get proper help. It is high time people started talking the issues of SRHR seriously, with consideration of our youths”. advised Mbemba.
Mbemba further observed that failure of youths to get information about SRHR, has more often than not, led them astray.
“Most of youths today are failing to get such information; instead they engage themselves in various risks as you know that lack of access of SRHR services means high rate of teenage pregnancies, unsafe abortions, transmission of STIs and HIV is likely to be high among young people,” he said.
One of the participant, Honest Komiha expressed satisfaction with the training saying it had come at the right time as the discussed cases impinge on youth and national development.
“YAM is doing a good job here in Mangochi as many youths, particularly girls, do not know how to access reproductive health services and information and this leads to the spread of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), among others,” said Komiha.
According to a recent survey by YAM, Mangochi, TA Mponda’s area is one of the areas with the highest number of youths who lack access to sexual reproductive health services and information.