On of the visiting Norwich Members of Parliament (MP) Haidi Lunde has louded Family Planning Associationb of Malawi (FPAM) youths who are operating under the Nzotheka Project for taking a strong stand in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Speaking in Lilongwe after meeting the youth at Kawale FPAM branch, Lunde said she was touched to see the youth taking a tough stand to change the mindset of communities on HIV and AIDS.
“I am impressed with what they are doing in their respective communities. It’s unique to see the kids doing so much for themselves in fighting against stigma and discrimination,” she said.
Lunde called on government to consider introducing Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) to schools.
“If we want the youth to genuinely be part of the fight then government needs to take SRH into the classroom. This is the right way to fight this pandemic because in a country where so many people, the youth inclusive are infected, there is always minimal development,” she said.
One of the youths who is taking part in the project and is living postively said there is so much change both in her family and the community since Nzotheka Project Started.
“As the youths, we take part in sensitising the community on how to use contraceptives. We also engage the communities on issues to do with stigma and discrimination. So far, there is so much change and the community and our families look upon us as part of the development agents,” said the youth who opted to be anonymous.
Nzotheka Project is a comprehensive Sexual Program that include the promotion of the youth in SRH, Sexual Transmission Diseases, ARTs and HIV and AIDS.
Through the project, the youth are also tought some income generation activities and outdoor and indoor activities.
FPAM Lilongwe District Manager Tamara Mhango said the program targets the youth between 10 to 24 years