PSI Malawi re-launches Youth Alert mix programme

With an aim of intensifying that there are free sexual and reproductive messages to the youth across the country, the population Services International (PSI) Malawi on Saturday re-launched a youth Alert mix program.

The programme which was first launched in 2002 and run up to 2009, focused on abstinence and reproductive of sexual partners among the youth.

The programme would see the youth in the country participating in different programs which will enhance their understanding as far as sexual and reproductive health is concerned.

At the launch

At the launch

Speaking during the re- launch of the programme in Lilongwe’s Devil Street, Deputy Country Representative for PSI Malawi, Jephtor Mtema, highlighted the importance of having the youth alert program back on air.

Said Mtema: “It is essential that we revamp this youth Alert program just to see many young people getting the much need information regarding to HIV/ AIDS messages.

“It is also very important to have the program back on air because during the last time when the program was in existence, we managed to increase the abstinence rate amongst the youth of 15 to 24 years to 3.8 per cent.

According to Mtema, apart from the Youth Alert mix radio program, there will also be some weekly radio magazine programs, listening clubs as well as youth friendly health services through Tunza clinics.

The re-launched programme would be aired on Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) twice every week.

In an interview to one of the youth who were present at the launch, Getrude Masanjala, 27, from Chilinde, expressed gratitude with the re-launch of the program, claiming it used be an eye to many young people.

“We used to learn a lot from the program, the fact that the program is being revamped is exciting because this is our forum as the youth where we can talk a number of issues that affect us as well as learn from each other,” Masanjala said.

During the re-launch of the programme, youths showcased their talents includeing dancing, and singing.

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