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PIH POSER and ASPIRE Projects Marry in Neno

Harare - We must revise Teen Clubs Curriculum Harare - We must revise Teen Clubs Curriculum - pic by Steve Kalungwe

Partners in Health through its sister projects of Program On Social Economic Rights (POSER) and ASPIRE says that there is a gap in which messages targeting adolescents are crafted which end up yielding no tangible results in fighting teen pregnancies and improve access to quality health care.

The two projects, which one looks after the quality of life of the rural people and the other on how the adolescents are being molded into responsible citizens seeks to ensure that there is a thin line between how the rich and the poor access quality health services including those living with HIV and AIDS.

PIH Director of Community Health Jimmy Harare has told Zodiak Online today that for example, a lot of messages targeting adolescents are universal hence creating a gap in understanding them between the early, middle and late adolescents.

Harare said that, while people especially the adolescents and the vulnerable are being taken care of social economically, there is also a need for them to understand issues of sexual reproductive health rights so that they continue to live a dignified life.

For this reason, PIH has revised its Teen Clubs curriculum in a bid to segment messages so that each class of adolescent gets befitting content and reduce issues of early marriages, pregnancies and address inequalities accessing quality health care.

"We need to come up with messages that specifically respond to a particular group of adolescent, so that we minimise issues of teen mothers and high rate of school drop outs," said Harare.

He further noted that, if massages are one, there is a high possibility of reaching a lot of adolescents but still having high numbers of teen pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases and others because they did not understand the content.

The two projects according to POSER program manager Victor Kanyema, are giving out cash transfer to patients for transport costs, goat pass on program, education to the vulnerable, construction of standard and low-cost houses and respond to disasters as means of empowering rural communities economically.

"We strive to ensure that the adolescents we are working with do not have issues in accessing health services because they have no transport, no housing or any other source of income," he said.

Neno District Director of Planning and Development Charles Lomoni has hailed PIH for the initiative saying it will ensure that people are economically independent and have ease in accessing health care services without gaps.

He however lamented lack of coordination between council and non-governmental organizations Monitoring and Evaluation officers saying this is creating disparities in data management.

But Harare from PIH concurred to this and committed to be sharing their data with the council for coordinated efforts.

PIH since its inception in 2007, has seen eleven students pursuing University studies and distributed over one thousand goats on pass-on program to over five hundred households while also providing technical skills to many vulnerable children through its Neno vocational training centre.

The POSER and ASPIRE projects are also responding to issues of disaster within the district and beyond for example Nsanje and Chikwawa during the recent cyclones.

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