An organization called Hivos has expressed concern about the lack of information on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) among young people in the country.
The regional program manager for the SDSR Fund in Hivos, Nana Zulu, made the statement during the Age of Consent media breakfast on Friday in Lilongwe, which was mobilized by the Youth Network and Council (YONECO ).
Zulu noted that there is a hurdle when it comes to accessing information and Malawi population survey statistics indicate that young people have been involved in sexual activities at an early age resulting in pregnancies. early due to lack of SRHR.
Zulu also pointed out that the lack of clear policy on what health providers should do when young people want to access SRHR services and the lack of harmonization of laws to ensure access to services are other contributing factors. contribute to the same.
“Some of the main barriers are, for example, the lack of adequate communication between children and parents. Despite the fact that young people spend their time at home, parents do not provide the right information to their children about SRHR in order to that when they go out they can decide what to do, whether to seek SRH and consult their parents on the same which shows that everyone has a role to play from the traditional and the religious,” she said. declared.
She then said that although it is a taboo for a parent to talk to a child about sex, there is a need to break that barrier by having a conversation with young people at an early age so that when they go out there , whether school, they should be able to make the right choices.
For his part, the national program manager for adolescents and young people on SRHR at the Ministry of Health, Harris Katengeza, said that children over the age of 10 are affected by the issue of SRH because they do not are unable to access services due to their age, especially SRH services such as contraceptives and ultimately it is the same people who achieve pregnancies which is not good for the nation.
Katengeza then suggested that there is a need to think about policies so that adolescents have access to SHR services by health service providers at the hospital regardless of their age.
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