SAFAIDS to empower youths with sexual health information

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SAFAIDS to empower youths with sexual health information

Lusaka, March 13, ZANIS–The Southern African AIDS Information Services (SAFAIDS) is scheduled to hold a sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) speak-out dialogue at in Kitwe district of Copperbelt province.

The programme is aimed at educating young people around the country on issues of HIV, gender based violence and sexual reproductive health.

SAFAIDS-Zambia Country Representative Chrispin Chomba told ZANIS in an interview that the programme was further targeted at high risk and vulnerable people aged between 10 and 24 years.

Mr. Chomba said other people that were targeted are women aged 25 to 49 years who live in informal sectors around the mine areas.

He said the SRHR programme will inform the targeted audiences through entertainment which will be done by a selected entertainers.

He explained that most youths were well informed through the media.

Mr. Chomba further stated that the programme will help scale up the availability of appropriate, relevant and up-to-date sexual and reproductive health, sexual rights, HIV empowerment of adolescents and young people information.
Yesterday, Kitwe District Education Board Member Catherine Kalokoni observed that teenage pregnancy was extremely high in Zambia.

Ms. Kalokoni said this was a confirmation that knowledge and uptake of sexual reproductive health services were low among young people.