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Artists talk health

By Sharon Chirwa:

Youthful artists Suffix Cozizwa, Kim and KBG have teamed up with Her Liberty – a youth-led agency that empowers the youth—to promote adolescent health through music.

The project, dubbed ‘Youth Engage on Adolescent Health (Yeah!), has received support from United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

This is according to a statement released by Lestwai, a talent management firm.

The artists are set to release a song titled ‘Inu ndi Ife’ today, as a way of showing support to the cause.

“The song tackles socio-economic issues faced in the country and advocates the need for the youth to step up and be pro-active”, reads part of the statement.

Lestwai Chief Executive Director, Bod Phondo, said he was pleased with the development.

“I am very glad that this project is happening and that the organisations have thought it wise to use one of the most powerful mediums we have, which is music. It is very important that people talk about important topics, and that young people out there see their mentors and favourite musicians doing it,” Phondo, said.

Yeah! has thus far assisted leaders of Zomba, Salima and Mchinji to promote adolescent health to 4,000 people between the ages of 10 and 19 years.

According to a 2017 report from The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, the country has 29 percent of women aged between 15 and 19 years who are mothers or pregnant with their first child.

It further says teenage fertility is higher in rural areas at 31 percent, with urban areas, at 21 percent.

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