The five-day training of 17 Youth Friendly Health Service (YFHS) Providers which YONECO organized in Liwonde is a clear manifestation of how eager the organization is to ensure the reduction of HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) as well as adolescent pregnancies.
High HIV and STI prevalence rates among the youth as well as increasing numbers of adolescent pregnancies that are registered every year are a cause for concern in Malawi.
Despite this being the case, several studies have proved that the uptake of SRH services among young people in Malawi is very low. This is also in spite of the fact that several YFHS Corners have been established in various public health centres in the country - why is the uptake low? Studies on this question have indicated that there are a number of contributing factors which include negative attitudes of health workers towards young people who go to health centres for SRH.
This is why YONECO and the National AIDS Commission (NAC) thought it necessary to direct their efforts towards training health workers in the provision of YFHS. The overall aim is to reduce the spread of HIV and STI infections as well as dealing with the problem of adolescent pregnancies.
Thus, to reach this goal, there is need to ensure that young people’s sexual and reproductive health needs are met.
Thus, after the training, the participants avowed their commitment towards the improvement of sexual reproductive health service provision to young people.