Students at Bandawe Girls Secondary School in Nkhata Bay this week underwent a series of talks on moral and reproductive health organised by the Association of Malawian Midwives (Amami) Mzuzu University (Mzuni) chapter.
President of the Mzuni Chapter, Charles Amos, told Nyasa Times in an interview that the initiative was aimed at imparting knowledge of moral and reproductive health to the girls who “time and again” fall prey to unwanted pregnancies and face a myriad of other reproductive health issues.
According to Amos, statistics show that 70 per cent of women who fall pregnant in the country yearly are aged between 10 and nineteen. Of the percentage, he said, 11 per cent face maternal health complications.
“As would-be midwives we thought of organising the initiative to save the lives of our fellow youth by way of sharing what we know with them for their use,” said Amos.
The trip to the lakeshore district included presentations on the woes of indulging in teen age unprotected sex and career talks on various professions, among others.
Nyasa Times understands that the students coughed funding for the trip through their own contributions.
Headmistress of Bandawe Girls Secondary School, Agness Zimba, hailed Mzuni students for the initiative saying it added weight to what they already told them on daily basis.
“When we talk about reproductive health in class and through other various forums, they think we are simply joking but with your coming I am confident they will regard the issue with more seriousness,” said Zimba.
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