By Emmanuel Simpokolwe:
UNFPA, through Family Planning Association of Malawi (Fpam), has pumped K50 million towards family planning initiatives in the wake of Covid-19.
Using the resources, Community Based Distribution Agents (CBDAs) will be provided with a package including Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), bicycles, family planning commodities and risk allowances to be reaching out to people with door to door sexual reproductive messages and services.
The handover ceremony of the Covid-19 response packages to the CBDAs took place on Tuesday in Salima District.
During the ceremony which was presided over by Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, Salima District Director of Health and Social Services, Jonas Chise, said between in 2019, the district registered 6, 222 teenage pregnancies, representing a nine percent increase from 5,723 teen pregnancies recorded in 2018.
Chise said considering the circumstances, there is need to ensure that the youth have access to modern family planning methods.
UNFPA Deputy Country Representative, Dorothy Nyasulu, said her organisation has pumped in K50 million for the course through Fpam.
Fpam Board Chairperson, Pamela Kazombo, said the sexual reproductive health rights response packages will assist people of Salima, Dedza, Mangochi, Mchinji, Dedza and Nkhatabay and will target 50 CBDAs per district.
“In an effort to prevent unwanted pregnancies, early marriages, gender based violence and school dropout, Fpam with financial support from UNFPA, is strengthening the work of Youth CBDAs who are strong peer influencers who will in turn reach more youth,” she said.
In her remarks, Chiponda said the support will help towards reducing number of teen pregnancies.
“This donation has come at the right time when reports of girls getting early pregnancies are many. We thank our partners UNFPA and Fpam for helping the ministry of health in this noble course,” she said.
As one way of responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, Fpam with financial support from UNFPA is strengthening the work of CBDA who are peer influencers to reach many youths with door to door Sexual Reproductive Health Rights services to people.
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