Blantyre Synod of the CCAP through its development arm, Health and Development Commission (HDC), on Friday launched its sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) policy with support from Pact Malawi.
The synod’s general secretary the Reverend Alexander Maulana said the policy ensures that dignity of human kind is preserved.
“The policy’s main goal is to reduce incidences of new sexually transmitted infections [STIs],” he said.
Maulana said the synod believes that marriage is a union between male and female and does not tolerate homosexuality.
“Divorce in marriages is not tolerated and accepted. No member shall be allowed to practise rituals and other negative cultural and traditional practices.
“The church promotes abstinence among the youth and those not married. For those in marriage, the church promotes mutual faithfulness between partners and use of condoms is only allowed in marriage for family planning, prevention of STIs and HIV and Aids in discordant couples,” he said.
HDC executive director Lindirabe Gareta Mazinyane said the policy will address harmful cultural practices through the involvement of traditional leaders.
She said the policy is backed by biblical scriptures and addresses issues surrounding same sex marriages, abortion and early marriages, among others.
Thyolo district youth officer Doreen Mbendela commended the synod for coming up of with the policy, saying it will guide the synod in reproductive health issues. n