The Association of Malawian Midwives (Amami) Mzuzu University (Mzuni) chapter has intensified its awareness campaigns in sexual and reproductive health education, targeting youths along the lakeshore districts.
This comes at a time when health and education authorities in the country have singled out early pregnancies as a major cause for school dropouts, a situation said to be worse in lakeshore districts such as Nkhata Bay.
Speaking on Tuesday at Bandawe Girls Secondary School, Amami president Charles Amosi said teenage pregnancies are a threat to development and need to be addressed now.
“Nkhata Bay has high levels of teenage pregnancies. That is why we embarked on this awareness campaign to equip these youths with knowledge on the dangers of teenage pregnancies,” he said.
In her remarks, Bandawe Girls head teacher Vera Chirwa thanked the association for imparting the knowledge to her students.
She said: “Such messages are vital as they prepare our youth to make wise choices, hence making them achievers as they are able to reach their goals effectively.”n