The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has commended Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM), for providing sexual and reproductive health services to young people in the country.
UNAIDS Deputy Director for Eastern and Southern Africa – Dr. Pierre Somse said this after he visited one of FPAM’s youth-friendly facilities in Kawale – Lilongwe.
The association through its Nzotheka Youth Clubs facilitates various programs aimed at equipping young people with comprehensive knowledge about sex, HIV/AIDS and family planning issues.
Dr. Somse expressed satisfaction with the services that the organization lenders to young people, saying the initiative is crucial in drilling the youths to be responsible citizens.
‘’What I have seen here is a comprehensive package of intervention that addresses all the dimensions of health, not only physical but also social and moral,” he said.
‘’I have also noted that the initiative is bringing young people together and learn how to socialize and share ideas, hence moulding them to be good leaders’’. He added.
The Deputy Director however called upon stakeholders to take the program to another level where young people should also be equipped with entrepreneurial skills for the development of the country.
He therefore said his organization will join hands with others inorder to link up the young people with other sectors for the continuity of the project.
In her remarks, Director of Programs for FPAM – Lonnie Ncozana said the organization is there to provide sexual and reproductive health services linked with HIV and AIDS to everyone.
Ncozana said the aim is to ensure that there is well being among all members of the communities including young people.
According to the director of programs, the project has been implemented in the country since 2011.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :