Project Coordinator for YWCA – Irene Ntonga

Reporting to reporters from Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) station, Irene Ntonga said that “Bangwe based Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) are getting Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and teenage pregnancies due to lack of information.”

The girls disclosed this recently when they interacted with Bangwe Health Centre and Blantyre District Health Office Youth Friendly Health Services (YFHS) personnel.

“I have heard of girls who had an unsafe abortion or childbirth complications resulting from teenage pregnancies. Their explanations are evident that they didn’t have Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) information. This also applies to rape or defilement victims. Information is power,” said 18-year-old Chisomo Makina from Bangwe, Ntenje area in Blantyre.

She emphasized the need for girls to be aware of the SRHR information for the youths, especially AGYW to understand their anatomy and make informed decisions.

“I’m happy to connect with the YFHS workers at this facility, which is also within the area I live in. It’s not near my home though, but at least I know where to go and who to meet with,” said Makina.

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