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Health workers advised to improve attitude towards the youth

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Health service providers have been challenged to improve their attitude when providing sexual reproductive health services (SRHS) in order to motivate a lot of young people in accessing the services.

Currently it has been established that a lot of young people fail to access SRHS in the country’s hospitals because most service providers are not friendly to the youth.

Speaking at the end of a week-long orientation meeting for health personnel proving SRHS which was held in Liwonde, Lemani Makina, Youth and Counseling Project Officer, at Get Up and Speak Out (Guso) Project said bad attitude by health workers scares away the youth.

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Makina explained that young people face a lot of challenges when demanding their sexual reproductive health rights, a thing which he said was forcing young people to contract sexually transmitted infections as well as getting early pregnancies.

“It is very important to give young people necessary platforms for them to openly and increasingly voice out their SRH rights issues so that they must not suffer in silence and end up contracting sexually transmitted infections, forced child marriages as well as unintended teenage pregnancies and the associated consequences,” he said.

Makina added that the various SRH rights challenges which the young people are facing today have the consequence of continuously preventing them from filling up their roles as present and future leaders in various areas that are essential to the social and economic development of the country.

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The Guso Project, according to Makina, is aimed at dealing with a number of sexual reproductive health issues which young people face in their everyday life and it is being implemented with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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