CREATING ACCESS people were informed on contraceptives, on where to get them and how to use them.
THE CASE: LACK OF SERVICES
Located in a mountainous part of the Kamenyagwaza area, Nadzikhale village is a remote place to where even travel by car can be challenging. Not only because of the distance, but because of the poor roads. Largely due to lack of access to services and information, youth of Nadzikhale engaged in sexual activities without using contraceptives or condoms. Making them more susceptible to STIs, HIV/AIDS as well as unplanned pregnancies.
CURRENT SITUATION: INCREASED KNOWLEDGE
There is now an increased knowledge of SRHR among youth in this community, as Philip Zenasi, a health service provider, can attest to: “Aside from being unaware of their SRHR, most young people in this community had no access to these services. However, through the outreach program we were able to bring services closer to them, thus making them more accessible and at the same time increasing their knowledge.”
THE INTERVENTION: MOBILE OUTREACH
YECE, through the UACM project, conducted various outreach activities where information as well as services were provided to youth in their own communities. Through these outreach programs, young
These stories were gathered and written by YECE, Malawi.
THE STORY OF JOYCE
“I have been sexually active since I was 15 years old. I can honestly say that my rights were violated in most of my sexual experiences. Firstly, I did not know that I had the right as a girl to initiate condom use and insist on it, but through the girl discussion forums and youth club meetings, I have learned that it is my right to make choices about my body. In the past, I would be too shy to go to the clinic to get contraceptives or condoms, because of the negative attitudes people have about it. But now I feel confident enough to go and receive those services because I feel empowered with knowledge about my rights. I hope the program continues to empower girls like me.”