By Lawrence Nachipo
Youths in the country have been challenged to take pivotal roles in disseminating Sexual Reproductive Health issues if complications arising courtesy of dearth of knowledge on the same are to be minimised in the country.
The sentiments were raised during a National Youth Council of Malawi (NYCOM) conference on HIV and AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights held in Lilongwe recently.
Running under the ‘Reflect and Act for improved youth participation and leadership,’ the conference’s participants stressed on the need for active participation amongst youths in the country.
One of the youth champions, Christina Chilimba urged her fellow youths to fully understand SRH issues for them (youths) to combat challenges the sector is facing.
“If youths can join hands to fully understand SRH issues, we as a country, can easily combat challenges from the SRH,” she challenged.
On his part, one of the coordinators of the conference, Asharn Kossam also challenged the youths to walk the talk as leaders of today.
“The youths are the leaders of today as well because these problems are theirs. As such, they have to think of the solutions themselves and act upon them in participating on how the problems can be solved,” he suggested.
The conference, which drew about 200 youths national wide focused on imparting leadership skills to them so as to address various issues affecting a Malawian youth; SRH inclusive.
Guest of honour at the event, minister of health, Atupele Muluzi commended the organisers and the participants in general for taking such a bold step in empowering the youths in the country.
“This is the remarkable moment of our country. It has come with responsibility and every youth has to know his/her responsibility mostly on HIV and AIDS and sexual reproductive health and rights.” He commended.
Among others, the gathering also saw some exceptional youths being recognized for various feats related to the gala.