Healthy Young People in Malawi

May 21, 2014

This June, STOP AIDS NOW! and partners start the project ‘Healthy Young People Working towards a supportive sexual and reproductive health environment (pilot)’. The goal is to connect the education and health sector so that effective SRH services can be provided and improved in such a way that they are used by the young people who need them.

Access to SRH services for young people are central in the new project 'Healthy Young People: Working towards a supportive sexual and reproductive health environment (pilot)' in Malawi. The project goal is to contribute to young people in Central and Northern Malawi living a healthy life. The project aims to achieve this by linking Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) to youth friendly SRH services. Healthy Young People targets the youth (10-18 years) attending 6 schools where CSE is already being conducted, and hopes to take away the obstacles that the young people face in accessing SRH services in clinics and hospitals close to these schools.

The project will be implemented by the Education Expertise Development Foundation (EEDF), Nkhoma and Embangweni hospitals and coordinated by ICCO Cooperation, with support from Cordaid, Educaids and STOP AIDS NOW!. The project coordinator, Melina Dzowela, will start 1 June 2014. One of the first activities in the project will be a training for all the stakeholders in the project in health promotion and outcome evaluation by one of the trainers trained in the Quality of SRHR and HIV prevention for youth programme

This article has appeared in the STOP AIDS NOW! E-news May 2014.