Partners in Health through its sister projects of Program On Social Economic Rights (POSER) and ASPIRE says that there is a gap in which messages targeting adolescents are crafted which end up yielding no tangible results in fighting teen pregnancies and improve access to quality health care.
The Ministry of Health through the Neno District health Office and Partners in Health (PIH) has called on people to change their lifestyles.
The Department of Disaster Management Affairs Commissioner Charles Kalemba has commended Partners in Health for its support towards the people affected by various disasters in the country.
Partners in Health in Neno district, has on Monday, reiterated that it will tirelessly ensure that there is timely provision of essential drugs and health care to the people of Neno especially those on palliative care.
Two days after Partners in Health held its Staff Wellness Day, the health oriented organisation is yet to clean the Neno community stadium it littered with used meal packs, disposable cups and food left overs.
Partners in Health has launched Wellness Day in Neno district to raise awareness to staff members on the benefits of seeking early mental health care and strengthen their physical being.
In a bid to promote sexual reproductive health and rights of adolescents in Neno district, Partners in Health has trained 420 youths as peer educators to act as agents of change.
Partners in Health (PIH) has donated intravenous fluid drug worth K30 million to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre in a bid to improve hydration and increase electrolytes and blood sugar levels in patients.
An international health promotion organization working in Neno district, Partners in Health, has graduated four hundred and ten adolescents in Gender, HIV and AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) in a bid to be agents of change as they grow.
P.I.H Adolescents and Women Health Program Specialist Jimmy Harare told Zodiak Online on Wednesday that a lot of youths are lacking skills on how to protect themselves from harmful practices hence introducing the initiative in all Neno district health centres.
"We noted a sharp rise in cases of child marriages, teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections among the adolescents and this was being attributed to knowledge gap on available prevention measures," said Jimmy.
Harare further said P.I.H with funding from Global Affairs of Canada (GAC) introduced the SkillsBLA ( Bwala Lachinyamata) which is to run for five years in all health centers of Neno district where coaches will be trained to lecture adolescents on how their bodies respond to the environment as they grow.
"The coaches are there to take the adolescents who are between the age bracket of ten to fourteen, through a curriculum of gender, HIV and AIDS and Reproductive health for four months, this curriculum is designed to help the Adolescents have knowledge of their bodies," he said.
One of the adolescent Phonex Chakwamba said the training has helped him gain self-esteem withing the four months he has been with his fellow adolescents.
"Am now able to know how to respond to harmful practices which my fellow adolescents would want to drag me into, we are using both verbal and nonverbal rejection methods, they are working", he said.
Neno District Youth Officer Hope Mwafulirwa who graced the graduation ceremony urged the adolescents to take the skills learnt into practice saying school closure due to Covid-19 may result in temptations to the youths to start indulging in premarital sexual affairs.
Partners in Heath (PIH) through its POSER program has constructed four houses each at four million two hundred thousand Malawi Kwacha for the elderly in Neno district.