Many young people in Malawi face multiple barriers to access Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) Services. Eventually, this leads into a number of critical adolescent SRH challenges like increased cases of unintended teen pregnancies, child marriages, and high prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) including HIV.
In a bid to influence positive SRH outcomes among young people, YONECO facilitated an intergenerational dialogue session on young people’s access to Youth Friendly Health Services (YFHS) that was held at Chikalamba in district. The objective of the session was to enhance youth-adult partnership in dealing with various issues that have a bearing on the rights and welfare of young people.
During the session, young people were further encouraged to seek SRH information from reliable sources in order for them to make informed decisions. The older community members also acknowledged the significance of YFHS to the growth and development of young people. The community members who were present during the meeting also pointed out that that COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on YFHS delivery in the area.
The session was attended by a total of 20 young and older community members of which 15 were males and the rest were females.
By Geoffrey Nyangulu