Tovwirane Organisation in partnership with Plan International Malawi is implementing an SRHR project which has been funded by Plan Germany National Office (GNO) through Plan International Malawi. The project aims to Improve Youth Friendly Health Services in Mzimba, Malawi. It is being implemented in traditional authority Mabilabo and traditional authority Khosolo. The project will complement the existing SRHR (Sexual Reproductive Health and rights) activities being implemented by government and other likeminded organizations. The 3 year project, which runs from 2018 to 2020 (then extended to 2021), aims to achieve the following outcomes:
- Provide information on sexual and reproductive health and rights which is age appropriate and gender sensitive/responsive for boys, girls, adolescents and youths 10-24 (m/f) with and without disability in Mzimba district.
- Promote access to quality adolescent and youth friendly services that are age appropriate and gender sensitive/responsive for girls, boys and youths (m/f) with and without disability (10-24) years in Mzimba district
- Strengthened capacity of civil society to respond to SRHR issues of adolescent girls, boys and youths (m/f) and to influence and hold duty bearers accountable
- Address and transform social and cultural pressure (including perceptions, norms and harmful practices) that impede girls, boys and youth with and without disabilities from exercising their sexual and reproductive rights
Primary beneficiaries of the project are adolescent and youth with and without disabilities (between 10-24 years of age who will benefit from the project by being provided with comprehensive, age appropriate sexual reproductive health services. The adolescents and youths will also benefit by being encouraged to access Youth Friendly Health Service in the health facilities and outreach clinics, especially those living in hard to reach areas.
Secondary beneficiaries of the project are health workers clinicians/medical assistant, nurses and HSAs who will be trained in Youth Friendly Health Service provision and gender responsive SRHRs. The project will also work with community leaders in order for them to encourage members to change attitudes on gender and SRHR issues after undergoing sensitisation meetings on SRHR issues that affect adolescents and youths in the communities.