FPAM Takes YFHS Services to Kundembo Village in Neno

FPAM and Neno DHO personnel showcasing some of the methods FPAM and Neno DHO personnel showcasing some of the methods - pic by Steve Kalungwe

Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM) has provided long and short term sexual reproductive health services to youths of age bracket of 10 to 35 at Kundembo village, Senior Chief Dambe in Neno district.

This was done on Thursday during an Open Day event where FPAM Social Behavior Change and Communication Lead Officer, Andrew Bishop Mkandawire, said the objective of the activity was to give the youths an opportunity to access the services and learn from their peers on the positives of contraceptives.

"We noted that most adolescents in this area are falling prey to early marriages and pregnancies, one reason being far from health centres. So, we thought it wise to engage them with these services and also counseling on the need to continue with their studies," said Bishop Mkandawire.

Neno District Council Head of Human Resources, Samuel Tanaka Mbewe said the Council “was worried with a rise in number of teen pregnancies, marriages and sexually transmitted infections among our youths.

“FPAM is complementing us in dealing with such issues, and we appeal to the youths to grab this opportunity."

A mother of three, Gloria Ben Kunjakuno, who is a widow said family planning methods have helped her to avoid pregnancies and now she has managed to send her first child to a journalism school, all because of concentration on business as opposed to nursing a pregnancy.

" As we speak, my daughter is doing well in college. I achieved this after taking loop as my method of contraception. I have managed to concentrate on farming which is my main source of income and I appeal to my fellow mother's not to hesitate but choose one method so that they are able to have healthy bodies and look well after their children,” said Kunjakuno.

A door to door family planning services provider, Melipher Kumphalumo praised the outreach clinics saying per day they are able to put six women on contraceptive method.

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