National Aids Commission has commended district councils in the Northern Region for promoting the inclusion of youth groups in HIV and Aids campaigns.
Speaking during field visits in Chitipa, Rumphi and Mzimba districts last week, NAC executive director Davie Kalomba said the youth constitute a larger part of the population, hence the need for their involvement to win the fight against HIV and Aids.
He called on stakeholders implementing the national HIV and Aids response programme to utilise youth groups in reaching communities with HIV and Aids messages.
Kalomba hailed youths in the region for showing interest in HIV and Aids campaigns.
“I have noted that groups in the North are active in the fight against HIV and Aids. It is important to have this kind of energy so that lives can be saved while others learn from the groups,” he said.
A member of Bembe Youth Club in Mzimba, Francis Mhone, said most of the youth face challenges in accessing condoms and other services as those entrusted with distribution are older people.
He said officials also request those that have accessed condoms to be registered.
M’mbelwa District Council senior nutrition and HIV and Aids officer Frank Mfune said the district is promoting the establishment of youth friendly health services’ centres in all health facilities so that youths easily access them. n