Dr Chisenga, TB and HIV Programme Manager from the Ministry of Health giving a speech at the toolkit launch
The Zambian government has welcomed a Restless Development initiative which will provide young people with information about abortion policies in Zambia.
The toolkit was launched by Restless Development Zambia in a bid to reduce STIs, unplanned pregnancies, and the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Harriet Mwiinga, country director of Restless Development Zambia, said:
“The Know Your Reproductive Health and Rights toolkit, which I am proud to launch, will help young people access information on the laws and policies governing legal and safe abortion in Zambia.”
The toolkit was developed by the National Alliance on Monitoring Implementation of ESA-CSE, a national coalition of youth-focused organisations.
All groups involved champion the rights of young people on sexual and reproductive health (SRHR) and HIV.
Harriet added: “This toolkit will contribute towards reducing the escalating numbers of unplanned pregnancies, high STIs, HIV/AIDS and will help young people access SRHR information and provisions as envisioned and stipulated in the ESA-CSE commitment.”
The Ministry of Health in Zambia lauded Restless Development’s efforts in building momentum and inspiring action.
Tuberculosis and HIV programme manager within the ministry, Dr Chisenga, who received the toolkit on behalf of the government, commended Restless Development Zambia for developing the resource. She said:
“We endorse this important resource and are confident that through this document more awareness on the Termination of Pregnancy Act will be raised and barriers hindering access under it will be broken down.
“We are also confident that this toolkit will improve access to effective family planning methods and contraception to reduce the incidence of unwanted pregnancy, post abortion care and provision of safe abortion services.”
The toolkit launch attracted representatives from the government of the Republic of Zambia, international agencies, multilateral and bilateral organisations and other NGOs.
It also provided an opportunity for the delegates to have a look at the contents of the toolkit as well as discuss how the toolkit can be used on different platforms.
Among the key recommendations made was the need to make the toolkit into an animation, circulating copies in resources centers, and uploading the toolkit online.
The Know Your Reproductive Health and Rights toolkit discusses a number of topics including relationships, peer pressure, risky behaviors and unsafe abortion and other issues.