Zambia-U report free call line launched in Lusaka
Lusaka, September 12, ZANIS—CHAMP Health Solutions has called on the media to increase its interest in highlighting health issues that can improve the lives of young people in the country.
CHAMP Health Solutions Managing Director Rosanna Sammon said the media plays a critical role in disseminating comprehensive information that encourages social health behaviours among young people.
Mrs. Sammon said in order for the country to be more productive, it was important that young people were fully sensitised on the dangers of engaging in illicit activities such as having unprotected sex and alcohol abuse among other vices.
She further urged young people especially adolescent girls to seek counselling and remain brave to report to relevant authorities any kind of abuse that may be inflicted upon them.
She said this at a media breakfast in Lusaka today during the launch of the 990 Zambia U-Report free call line and Short Message Services (SMS) counselling services on HIV/AIDS.
The Zambia U-Report is an innovative SMS platform designed by the National AIDS Council (NAC) and the United Nations Children’s Emergence Fund (UNICEF) to provide adolescents and young people with an opportunity to access comprehensive information on HIV and any other sexually transmitted infections.
And Mrs. Sammon urged young people, particularly young girls, to join the Zambia U-Report mobile programme in order for them to access quality information on HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.