The Malawi Girl Guide Association (Magga) has said engaging the youth in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) is one way of protecting them from early pregnancies and child marriages.
Magga national coordinator Mphatso Jim made the remarks on Saturday during a meeting on girl guiding for sexual and reproductive health rights with students from various secondary schools at Bwaila Secondary School.
She advised the students to always consult when in doubt because they are the ones who face negative effects of not exercising their sexual and reproductive health rights.
“I believe this meeting will produce better outcomes that will not only help those present, but also others within their communities. It is high time the youth started seeking help when necessary,” said Jim.
Youth Hub coordinator Linly Dumuka said many young people do not know that youth friendly health services exist.
“It is all about lack of knowledge. They do not know which reproductive health services they can access.” she said.
A young leader at Magga, Ebenezer Mapemba, who is also a student at Malawi Institute of Journalism and an SRHR mentor among her peers, said through sexual and reproductive health rights programmes such as the National Standards on Youth-Friendly Health Services established in 2015, the youth can now access the services. n