NfYD believes that every person has the right to make their own choices about their sexual and reproductive health. Our organisation contributes towards the goal of universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, including family planning. This is done through different interventions including the “Her Future Her Choice Project”
The Project in being implemented in Lilongwe under Traditional Authorities Maliri and Chimutu, it aims at contributing towards strengthening Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYWs) agency towards sexual and reproductive rights. Teenage pregnancies, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), gender based violence and limited access to contraceptives are amongst the challenges that the project is addressing through various interventions.
Information is power, and young people must be given the right information they need when it comes to sexual and reproductive health. The youth need to be informed and empowered, this as a mechanism to helping them get protected from the sexually transmitted infections and ensuring that they have capacity to decide when to get married, when to have children and know the available services can help them have a fit pregnancy, safe delivery and healthy baby.
There are several international instruments that guides our work while we contribute to the governments vision to attain highest level of sustained. According to The National Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Policy (2009), the Malawi Government is committed to providing comprehensive and integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRHR) services in line with the recommendations of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo, Egypt, 1994. Malawi is also a signatory of the AU Maputo Plan of Action which advocates for integrated SRHR Plan. The Ministry of Health through the Reproductive Health Unit has since 1997 coordinated the integration, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of SRHR services at all levels. The Malawi National Reproductive Health Programme is the framework through which the Ministry of Health manages SRHR services. The National RH programme goal is to promote through informed choice, safer reproductive health practices by men, women, and youth including use of quality and accessible reproductive health services.