Thyolo youths top in abortion, sex diseases rate

Officials in Thyolo are brain storming on how best to deal with high unsafe abortion and sexually transmitted infection (STI) rate among youths of 18 and belowSexual Health service

Youth officer for Thyolo Doreen Mbendera says recent hospital statistics for the last three months are alarming.

“For instance, out of the 100 unsafe abortion recorded in the past three month, 32 involves girls and out of the 100 sexually transmitted infection,36 involves the youth all of whom are below 18,” she said.

She said this means the youth in the tea growing district practise unsafe sex.

Mbendera said no wonder statistics indicate that 18 percent of the youth in the district are HIV positive, saying this is a high prevalence rate for any age group.

The youth officer also said it was worrying that only 20 percent of the youth access family planning services.

She therefore said there was need for a meeting involving all stakeholders from both the government and nongovernmental organisations to see how to deal with the problems youth in Thyolo are facing.

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  1. Courtex says:

    Minus four problems

  2. Kent Y.G. Mphepo says:


    Honestly, this must be a concern to every well meaning Malawian. Those who feel this is oky simply because they come from other districts (not from Thyolo) are just being naive about public health issues. This could actually be reflective of what the situation could be in other districts where studies on the matter have not taken place or where stakeholders have decided to remain mum for fear of being declared ineffective. Let me thank my long-time acquaintance and work colleague, Doreen, for coming out in the public and say the truth about the district where she is working. This is what patriots are supposed to do. Say things the way the are so that right policies must be made by those in authority. What is surprising to me is that Thyolo is one district in Malawi where a lot of well-funded HIV-prevention projects have been implemented over the years. My proposals, therefore, are as follows:
    1. Government must urgently review the content of HIV-prevention messages that are disseminated by different agencies in the country, particularly those targeting the youth. I have personally realized that there has been a major shift from the A-B-C approach that those of us in health communication have used since the early 2000s. The emphasis now is on C and C alone. Listen to any youth program that comes on the radio to the end and find out how many times Abstinence in mentioned. This is particularly conspicuous with programs produced or funded by international organizations most of whom pay little attention to how differently a Malawian youth will interpret the same message that goes to an American youth. I personally find this approach naive and unrealistic in the Malawi context for the following reasons:
    a) I don’t think that condoms will ever reach and each and every youth in the near future.
    b) Even if each and every youth managed to get a condom I personally don’t think that Malawi will soon have the capacity to provide adequate education to the youth on condom use knowing the level of poverty and bankrupcy in government, unreliable donor situation and contradictory policy framework that Malawi has on the issue of HIV prevention.
    c) The Malawian worldview on sex and illness is far from accepting the use of condoms as a tool for disease prevention. This is the reality that those of us in the public health sector must accept as quickly as possible if any meaningful progress is to take place soon. We all need to accept that we live in a society that has its own worldview to everything around it.
    2. Malawian cultural groups must begin to seriously and aggressively mainstream HIV & AIDS in their public events and the general rite of passages programs. Although I have not had the opportunity to attend any of the Mulhakho wa Alomwe celebrations, I have been reliably informed that such activities cannot be ruled out from being one of the causes of the upsurge of STIs among the youth like it has been reported in this article. Like some comments on this page can attest to, it is clear that some myths are spreading about the sexual prowess of Lomwe women and girls that could soon turn Thyolo into a destination of sex tourism. I know that there are people who would not see this as a problem but I personally feel that, in the absence a vibrant and responsive health sector, like the situation is in Malawi, such a status would spell doom to our country and Thyolo district in particular. But, let’s not forget that Thyolo is a district in Malawi to which all of us are connected and many of us have relatives working there, children schooling there and friends that we visit from time to time in that district. We are all at risk really.
    3. We all know that land is the major economic asset that any Malawian can have. My view is that Thyolo is undergoing a serious land shortage, the phenomenon that is forcing many Malawians live below the poverty line. This could explain why Thyolo is very fast turning into a red district area in Malawi. Many girls could be flocking to the streets and drinking joints in search of money for their families’ upkeep. My personal view is that government must take a serious step to ensure that people in that area have land for their subsistence. Otherwise, its silence could have serious long-term effects on the district and the country as a whole.
    4. Malawi needs to have home-grown approaches to Social and Behavior Change Communication. Western approaches are losing out. I usually shudder when I hear some messages coming from some media houses and radio programs in the country. I am sometimes left to think that some projects are only promoting sex among the youth instead of helping them to become responsible. I personally have a strong feeling that the whole concept of “Safe Sex” needs to be reviewed and customized for Malawi. Otherwise some projects are based on foreign mindsets and are only worsening the STI situation instead of contributing to the reduction of new infections among the youth and the Malawi population in general. I may be wrong BUT I become angry when I hear some youth programs on the radio because I don’t think that they are helping our young people. For sure, they are helping people working for such NGOs to earn a living.
    I rest my case.
    Kent Y.G. Mphepo (writing in my personal capacity)

  3. Changaputwa says:

    Ana aku Thyolo ndikuwaziwa pakuti ambuyawo kuyambila omwalira aja mpaka amene ali panowa adawauza kt balanani ngt ntcenga ma vote anga azachuluke. Ndiye mmalo mobalana muja anawa akugwa nayo game,,,,, aliyese yemwe angabwele kwa iwo kuwafunsila samati ayi koma ku vomela. Chinatso mchakuti kwambiri anawa akutenga matenda asiyane siyane kuzela mma bala momwe mowa ukugulisidwa. Akafuna kugonana ndi mwamuna sakusankha kapena kuyana misinkhu yawo. Angoti bola ilowepo ndikupeza ndalama. Lero ndi izi agulisa moyo wawo…… Xool nso ambili mwa iwo samapita akungobva mwa anthu kt kuliso xool kunja kuno. Zaiwo ndikusunga chinkhalidwe chawo basi.

  4. christopher says:

    Ana ake ndi otota kwambiri,moti samayimva amati mavuto mawa,zaschool alibe nazo vuto

  5. za alomwe izi ife zisatikhudze mpang’ono pomwe ayi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Andy Allywood Banda says:

    DPP is worried of the prospective votes. These are results of dancing with bare breasts at Muhlakho wa Ahlomwe. Musova!!!!!

  7. Buyelekhaya says:

    Anawa akundimvetsa chisoni komanso akundiopsa. Akundimvetsa chisoni chifukwa umoyo wodwaladwala siwabwino. Ndipo chitukuko cha dziko sichiyenda bwino anthu ake akamadwaladwala. Akakhala mankhwala otalikitsa moyo ndiye amachita kuona nkhope. Si aliyense yemwe akumwa kuti zikumuyendera. Ndiye anawa akundimvetsa chisoni! Mpaka 18% omwe ali ndi kachilombo! Heyi! Vukani mawethu!

    Akundiwopsa chifukwa ngati angakhale ndi moyo ‘watinke nayo’, amene sakhulupilira zotchena, kudziletsa kapena kukhulupirika kwa achikondi akukodwa nawo mu kangaudeyu! Timawonekadi ngati tiana koma ziri mkatimo sindizo.

    Vuto ndi lakuti anawa akudziwa kugonana mwansanga pomwe nzeru ndi matupi awo sizinakhwime moyenelera. Chinanso nchakuti khalidwe lowopa zinthu lidatha ndiye kuli “bayabaya” kapena “bayitsabayitsa” wosaneneka!

    Kutha kulipo ndithu!

  8. Patelera says:

    Atsikana a ku Thyolo kunyekhulira bwino. Amadziwa kuchengeta ku bedi. Kukana samatha kwaiwo ndo mwikho, amakana kutenga minyama. Komanso zimakhala zokoka, zokoma. Tawayesani simudzakhumudwa

  9. Buyelekhaya says:

    I was born in the early 80s. You could count yourself lucky if you happened to steal a glance at a girl’s thighs let alone her underwear. Young boys and girls were advised strongly against engaging in early sex. Most heeded those pieces of advice.

    No longer nowadays. The youths are actively engaging in sexual activities hence the high unsafe abortions, STIs (HIV/AIDS). Sometimes you would liken their behaviour to that of dogs on heat. Once their lust sets in motion it becomes difficult to stop them! And things are getting from bad to worse.

    This is partly down to moral decadence which continues to devour and pervade the young.

  10. kk says:

    Mutha nokha kumeneko

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