Stakeholders have hailed the SADC HIV and AIDS Youth Helpline project for enabling youth access to free information through the youth helpline toll-free line on HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services.

During a courtesy call on Tuesday, Zomba District Commissioner, Reinghard Chavula said the project has helped young people to freely express themselves due to the anonymity aspect, which has saved most from dying in silence.

The project, which is being implemented in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Botswana, aims at enhancing access to integrated HIV/AIDS services among adolescents and young people through M-health in Southern Africa.

The leader of the Zimbabwe delegation from the National Aids Council-NAC, Freeman Dube said they have drawn pertinent lessons from the project that will help enhance their service provision.

On his part, one of the implementing partners, Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO) through its Executive Director MacBain Mkandawire, attributed the project’s success to collaboration between partners and stakeholders.

Mkandawire expressed hope for a more holistic approach going forward with the project.

By Chimwemwe Mikwala


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