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NGOs call for review of education policy

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Experts in issues of reproductive health and other non-government organisations (NGOs) have called on government to review the current education policy which hinders pupils from discussing reproductive health issues.

Chief Executive Officer for Family Planning Association of Malawi (Fpam), Thokozani Mbendera, said this Thursday during a meeting that Fpam, in conjunction with Norwegian government organised.

“In many schools, pupils are not allowed to learn about issues of reproductive health which is very worrisome,” Mbendera said.

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Fpam is promoting awareness of reproductive health across the country to ensure a health Malawi.

Mbendera said there is need to review the current education policy among the adolescents in schools in ensuring that they are protected from early marriages among others.

He further said his organisation will continue to work hand in hand with government to achieve this goal.

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Speaking earlier at the same meeting, a visiting Norwegian Member of Parliament, Heidi Nordy Lunde, said he was impressed with what Fpam is doing on issues of reproductive health.

“I am here to appreciate Fpam successes in sexual reproductive health rights, family planning and early marriage programmes. I am impressed to note that Malawi is doing well,” she said.

Lunde observed that society free of poverty where young people, women and men enjoy basic sexual and reproductive health and rights is a health nation.

She appealed to other organisations to continue sensitising people to the importance of reproductive health issues.

Malawi’s reproductive health programme is part of the joint programme for the health sector wide approach.

The Norwegian delegation has so far paid courtesy visits to the First Lady, Gertrude Mutharika, Speaker of the National Assembly, Richard Msowoya, Minister of Health, Peter Kumpalume, and other NGOs.

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