Karonga: Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) says lack of openness between parents and children on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) matters is contributing to the rise of early pregnancies and marriages in Karonga District.
EAM’s Health Commission National Coordinator said over the weekend in the district during a Community Action for Transformation of Children Health (CATCH) project meeting that parents should start discussing SRH matters with their children.
We have realized that there are a number of issues both cultural and religious that create sexual health information gap to children hence putting girls at a disadvantage in terms of knowing their development stage as they come to age.
We are working with traditional and religious leaders as well as guardians to try decreasing the cases, he said.
Karonga EAM’s board chair, Reverend Lazrey Mtekateka said CATCH is involving chiefs and religious leaders to address the cultural barriers and help reduce early pregnancies, marriages and school dropout among girls.
The CATCH project is being implemented in areas of Mwandambo, Mwakawoko and Mwangolera where the cases are rampant.
The four year project will run up to December 2020 and is being funded by the Norwegian Church Aid.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA