YONECO has trained 30 peer mobilizers in a bid to improve the quality, access, and retention of Sexual Reproductive Health (#SRH) services for Adolescent Girls and Young Women (#AGYW) in some parts of Lilongwe City.
The trained cadres are expected to enhance the agency and efficacy of their fellow #AGYWs in the targeted communities towards health-seeking behaviours and contribute towards positive health outcomes.
The peer mobilizers were trained for five days with technical support from the Ministry of Health through the Reproductive Health Directorate (RHD). On the last day of the session, the peer mobilizers were introduced to key healthcare workers who will be providing support to the cadres in ensuring that young people are able to access Youth Friendly Health Services (#YFHS).
The trained peer mobilizers were awarded certificates by the Reproductive Health Directorate of the Ministry of Health. The ceremony was presided over by Samuel Botha, a member of YONECO’s Board of Trustees.
In his remarks, Trustee Botha described the training as a demonstration of YONECO’s commitment to complementing government efforts towards improving access to quality health services among young people.
The training is one of the interventions that YONECO is implementing under Connect Malawi Plus – Action for AGYWs Project which is being funded by ViiV Healthcare.
The three-year project is aimed at promoting peer-led interventions in addressing HIV amongst adolescent girls and young women residing in peri-urban communities that are serviced by Bwaila Hospital as well as Area 18, Kangoma, and Kawale health centres.