Ministry of Youth and Sport, Permanent Secretary, Joe Kapembwa says government and its stakeholders are committed to ensuring that sexual and reproductive health rights of young people are addressed.
Mr. Kapembwa has stated that today’s generation of young people and young women in particular, suffer from factors that expose them to weak sexual and reproductive health outcomes.
Mr. Kapembwa said this during a two day Safeguard Young People (SYP) regional steering committee meeting held in Lusaka.
He added that the Seventh National Development Plan (SNDP) focuses on integrated national development as the country aspires to harness the potential of the young population in line with the Vision 2030, sustainable development goals and Africa agenda 2063.
And speaking on the side-lines of the meeting, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Deputy Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Justine Coulson said her organisation envisages to take the SYP programme to a national scale in all the eight countries of Southern Africa.
“All young people should be able to access age appropriate and correct information from teachers who have been trained to provide sexual and reproductive health information. Whether it is in urban or rural areas, young people should also be able to access correct information from health facilities,” she said.
Over the past four years, the SYP programme has fostered effective collaboration between several government ministries and departments, civil society organisations, civil society organisations, young people and UNFPA at regional and country levels.
The meeting was attended by representatives from eight SADC member states.