6.2 Billion Set Aside To End Teen Pregnancies
Malawi Girl Guides Association (MAGGA) has embarked on a MK6.2 billion kwacha project aimed at improving the sexual and reproductive health rights of teen mothers and adolescent girls in central region districts of Dedza and Mchinji.
Programmes Coordinator of MAGGA Mr. Khama Ziyabu told Zodiak Online Tuesday that 216 thousand girls will benefit.
He said this 4-year project is being implemented to end teen pregnancies in Dedza and Mchinji.
"Out of 216 thousand girls expected to benefit from the project,105 thousand are from Mchinji and 127 thousand girls from Dedza."
"This project will improve sexual and reproductive health rights of teen mother's and adolescent girls as the girls will be empowered to make informed decisions," said Ziyabu.
He added that they will open farm clubs for girls between the age of 20 to 24, and will be provided with farm inputs and equipment to run small scale farms to be economically independent.
District Youth Officer for Dedza Twesa Mwamlima said the project will target HIV positive girls, girls with disabilities and girls in child headed families.
"Here in Dedza, this project will be implemented in Traditional Authorities Kaphuka, Kachere and Chilikumwendo," said Mwamlima.
The project is being implemented in conjunction with FPAM and YONECO with funding from Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) through the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).