DAPP HOPE in schools project orients youth on SRHR
DAPP HOPE IN SCHOOLS PROJECT ORIENTS YOUTH ON SRHR
Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) Malawi in partnership with the National AIDS Commission (NAC) is implementing a Hope in Schools project called Creating Space for Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) to Access Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights services which aims at promoting adolescent girls and young women to be assertive and understand their rights when making reproductive health related decisions.
The project is being implemented in two districts of Mulanje and Thyolo in the southern region of Malawi targeting adolescent girls and young women in private secondary schools and tertiary education institutions.
On the 15th of May, the project carried out orientation for community youth clubs to strengthen the provision of comprehensive youth friendly health services in the youth clubs.
The club members were also oriented on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) prevention; club management; adolescent growth and development; and access to youth friendly health services.
This orientation will enable the club members to assist their fellow young people in finding solutions to issues regarding sexual and reproductive health and rights services.
The Thyolo district Youth Officer Doreen Mbendela was one of the facilitators during the orientation exercises. Mbendela recommended DAPP for implementing the project which is encouraging youth to seek health services. She urged the youth club members to pass on the knowledge to their fellow youth so they can also benefit.
The orientation was attended by 81 youth club members with 60 being female and 21 male. The project is targeting 600 adolescent girls and young women in 10 tertiary education institutions and 30 private secondary schools who are benefitting directly and 6000 indirect beneficiaries in Mulanje and Thyolo districts.