IOM’s Sexual reproductive health and rights project to help migrants in Mchinji

Mchinji, The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), a UN Migration agency, is implementing a Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHRS) ‘HIV knows no Border’ project in Mchinji District.

The five-year project aims at ensuring that migrants, sex workers and adolescent young people, have improved access to sexual reproductive health and HIV services.

The project is implemented through the consortium of Save the Children International and Wits University in the border districts of Neno and Mwanza.

Briefing the District Executive Committee Meeting in Mchinji on Thursday, IOM National Migration Health Project Officer – UN agency, Bote Zamadenga, said the programme which started in the district in 2017, has engaged in community awareness and sensitization in three traditional authorities in the district.

The project has trained the youth and sex workers agents, and conducted a cross-border meeting for stakeholders from Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi, he said.

Zamadenga also said the project uses drama groups to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS related messages and preventative measures.

We also targeted sex workers in the project because most of them have clients who are migrants, hence the need for them to have adequate information on how they can prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, he said.

Mchinji District Commissioner, Rosemary Nawasha, said the project has helped migrants and people in the border areas of Mchinji and Zambia to acquire sexual reproductive health services.

More people in the bordering areas and the youth are able to access SRH services at the district hospital and other designated areas in the district, she said.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA