Youth SRHR & HIV

SRHR stands for Sexual Reproductive Health Rights
CYECE has been implementing a number of projects aimed at meeting its development goal which calls for scaling up of interventions and efforts that protect children’s rights empower young people and promote their sexual and reproductive health and rights in Malawi. The project activities were implemented in line with CYECE’s main goal which is to increase uptake of quality and Comprehensive Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and HIV information and services among young people in Malawi. Some of the guiding interventions under this programme focus area were like conducting awareness raising on accessible SRHR services, advocacy both at national and international level on improved access to SRHR information and services among young people in the communities, rolling out a meaningful youth participation model to empower the youth to realis ether SRHR needs, community mobilization of community stakeholders for support of youth SRHR issues and the eradication of harmful cultural practices that infringe on young people’s access to SRHR information and services, capacity building of key influential players towards young people’s access to SRHR services, facilitating Youth Friendly SRHR outreach services in order to provide the youth with different SRHR services and information from the hard to reach areas, rolling out Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) to young people to enable them to make safe and informed choices and also media engagement for raising public awareness on gaps and successes around access to SRHR services among young people. A number of achievements and success stories have been so far registered following the implementation of these projects as follows;

Program Results

The SRHR programme area has managed to achieve a lot of results such as the following;
  • CYECE managed to build the capacity of over 15,000 young people to demand SRHR information in their communities
  • Capacity building of CYECE staff and stakeholders on the Meaningful Youth Participation approach which also was cascaded to its partners
  • Increased knowledge of the youth in SRHR e.g. in Mangochi over 7129 young people accessed SRHR services and information
  • Increased access of youth to SRHR services as a result of Health Service Providers initiatives to disseminate SRHR services to help prevent HIV and STIs, teen pregnancies among young people such as contraceptives and condoms
  • Community stakeholders supportive of MYP and SRHR e.g. Stakeholders incorporated MYP by including two young people in the Area Development Committee (ADC) and Village Development Committee (VDC) to take part in the decision making processes of these structures. Furthermore, community leaders have been popularizing community bye laws to ensure that the community supports SRHR activities for and by the youth. Community leaders have also started to speak out on youth issues and encouraging other young people in the communities to access SRHR information and services. Some by-laws have been put in place to ensure that young people’s SRHR is respected. They have also showed improve in knowledge as they are able to relate to different policies relating to young people’s SRHR in the communities.
  • CYECE managed to reach out to Health Service Providers with trainings on Rights Based Approach (RBA) as one way of ensuring that there is Positive attitude in health workers towards young people accessing SRHR services within their communities.
  • CYECE has been in the forefront lobbying for the tabling and passing of key policies like Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations act, Gender Equality act among others
  • CYECE managed to carry out over 200 dialogue sessions reaching about 21,025 young people and 11,147 adults in transformative dialogue sessions
  • 117 success stories documented from Machinga, Mangochi and Dedza districts and were published in success story booklet
  • CYECE also managed to reach over 600 policy makers on the need to engage young people on access to SRHR information and services through community dialogues sessions

Focus Areas

CYECE has a number of areas which need support in order for this focus area to achieve its full intended results. Some of the gaps noted are as follows;
  • There is need for mobilizing resources to purchase state of art equipment for the talent promotion programme like band
  • There is need for procurement of sports and recreational facilities to keep young people busy with sports
  • There is need for procurement of land to construct Multipurpose Youth Centre in order to use for youth recreational activities

Focus Areas

Despite the fact that CYECE managed to achieve the above mentioned results, there are a number of gaps that still remain unattended due to financial and technical challenges. Below are some of the gaps and needs that requires immediate intervention so that young people are met with the needed SRHR needs and services as is required;
  • CYECE does not provide SRHR services as they usually use health service providers from the district health office hence the need for capacity and support in the provision of SRHR services
  • Limited reach of the project intervention – the interventions reach out to selected traditional authorities in the implementation areas, some communities are also in need of these interventions to ensure that young people’s SRHR outcomes are improved
  • There is limited financially capacity to support girls who have been withdrawn from marriages.
  • There is need for transport to help CYECE reach out to young people in hard to reach areas who need same SRHR information and services
  • There is need for CYECE to have own office space so that most of these services can be offered at once centre (like the model of One Stop Centres)