Mzuzu University (Mzuni) has organised a social weekend beginning Friday to address issues of pregnancies and sexual transmitted infections (STIs) which are prevalent at the institution.
The event has partnered with Population Services International (PSI) Malawi who will promote the use of Whisper Woman’s Condom to empower ladies to demand condom use in preventing unwanted pregnancies and STIs.
Mzuni entertainment director Kondwani Mazinga said the social weekend will begin on Friday with an open air disco. Climax of the event will be on Saturday where the institution will crown Mr and Miss Mzuni in addition to a mock wedding.
The pageant to take place at Mzuni Marquee Hall will be spiced up with music performances by Tay Grin, Blakjak, Diktator and other urban artists.
Said Mazinga: “A latest report from Mzuni Clinic shows that pregnancies and STIs are on the rise. The clinicians there advised us to sensitise students on the use of condoms. That is why we decided to involve PSI to disseminate such messages during the social weekend which grabs the attention of most students.”
Mazinga said they are also targeting the youth in Mzuzu who usually patronise the social weekend to get messages on condom use to prevent pregnancies and STIs, including HIV and Aids.
PSI officials were not immediately available for comment as they were locked up in a meeting.
However, speaking during the launch of the condom end last year, PSI country representative Sarah Makunganya Gibson said Whisper Woman’s Condom is a new type of contraceptive which offers non-hormonal protection against unintended pregnancy and STIs.