YONECO has reached over 1000 students in Rumphi district with Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) information.

A number of SRHR challenges have and continue to affect the welfare of young people in Malawi. As the youth account to more new HIV infections in Malawi, teen pregnancies have also increased school drop-out rates as well as other associated
problems like obstetric fistula.

It is against this background that YONECO conducted the sessions to equip the young people with SRHR information and where they can access
services.

In his words, YONECO’s Field Officer in Rumphi, Wongani Mfune, said young people need to be given access to SRH services for them to properly plan for their future. Mfune said SRHR information is also key for the youth to make informed decisions.

“The only effective way to prevent all these STI’s and unwanted pregnancies is to abstain, but if this fails, then young people should opt for safe sex,” he said.

In her remarks, Head Teacher of Nyika Private Secondary School, where one of the sessions was held, Hamsun Mbale, applauded YONECO for the initiative saying it will help the students to make informed decisions about their lives.

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