Global Hope Mobilisation (Glohomo) has intensified reproductive health projects across the country to equip youths with knowledge on how to deal with HIV and Aids, early marriages, drug and alcohol abuse, among others.
The project is expected to be extended to other districts in view of the success stories it has registered in Nkhotakota, one of the lakeshore districts.
“We are geared at expanding the programme to other areas with funding from the UNaids. In fact, some of the success stories include, establishment of district youth network on HIV and Aids, reaching out to 12 000 youths in all traditional leaders, said Caleb Thole executive director of Glohomo.
He said the project has also managed to save 2 000 girls’ early marriages, which health experts say fuel HIV and Aids and saved 4 000 men from gender-based violence.
“We believe in working directly with communities, for instance, 3 000, underwent HIV voluntary counselling and testing. They all knew their results,” he said.
Thole said this after a visit to Nkhotakota where they are implementing various youth reproductive health projects.
This follows surveys Glohomo conducted in the area, which shows that most youths in the district are vulnerable to the pandemic, early marriage and drugs and alcohol abuse and HIV and Aids.
“With the project scaling to other places, Glohomo maintains that prospects are high that the organisation will reduce sexual transmission of HIV by 50 percent in 2015.
“The other aspect is that we aim to eliminate new HIV infections, among children by 2015 and substantially reduce all Aids and maternal related deaths,” said Thole.