Southern Africa HIV and Aids Information Dissemination Services (SafAids) has trained 20 monitors to observe how youths access reproductive health services at Bangwe Health Centre in Blantyre.
The initiative, which is being implemented through Active Youth Initiative for Social Enhancement (Ayise), is part of the Transforming Lives Programme and aims at influencing policy in sexual reproductive health and rights’(SRHR) thematic spheres of sexual gender-based violence, adolescent pregnancy with links to maternal mortality and access to youth-friendly information and services.
During the training at Bangwe Youth Centre in Blantyre on Tuesday, Ayise executive director Marcel Chisi said they expect the monitors to report to Ayise, SafAids and Blantyre City Council challenges the youths face when accessing sexual reproductive health services at the centre.
“They will be generating information and encode it through a mobile application accessed by all the three entities for follow-ups on service delivery,” he said.
SafAids head of Northern Hub (Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia) specialised programmes Chrispin Chomba said the information gathered will also be used by national partners to formulate policies to further improve service delivery.
“This will develop evidence on how negligence on service delivery affects national policies,” he said.
In his remarks, Blantyre City Council director of health and social services Emmanuel Kanjunjunju said they will work with SafAids and Ayise to ensure improved service delivery to the youths.
One of the trainees Ivy Sosola said she is happy to be part of the project that will help youths easily access sexual reproductive health services at health centres.