YONECO hailed for HIV, SRH interventions

Health authorities in Lilongwe have hailed Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO) for introducing vibrant interventions towards addressing challenges facing adolescent girls and young women.

Lilongwe District Health Management Team led by Senior Medical Officer Dr. Thokozani Liwewe made the remarks on Wednesday when YONECO officers briefed the team about rolling out of a project dubbed “Connect Malawi Plus: Action for Adolescent Girls and Young Women”.

According to YONECO’s Central Region Programmes Support Manager Hughes Tawanda Munthali, the project seeks to provide biomedical, behavioural and structural interventions to targeted group of 2, 250 adolescent girls and young women.

Munthali added that 30 health providers and 30 peer mobilisers will be reached in targeted areas.

On her part, Dr Liwewe commended YONECO for being on the forefront on improving access to HIV and sexual reproductive health services.

Whilst acknowledging YONECO’s interventions Dr. Liwewe requested for Youth Corner infrastructure at Bwaila District Hospital.

She said: “It is the only health facility that does not have a Youth Corner infrastructure in the proposed target areas where the project is being implemented.”

Responding to the plea, Munthali assured the team that the organisation will look into without promising.

“As YONECO, we truly understand the plea and we will engage our donors who are sponsoring the project with funds to look into it, but we are not promising anything,” Munthali said.

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