04 Nov 2017 10:20am
RUNDU, 04 NOV (NAMPA) The Namibia Planned Parenthood Association (NAPPA) on Friday handed over a mobile clinic to the Kavango East Region.
Board Chairperson, Sevelia Kasuto said as a civil society organisation, NAPPAs core mandate is to contribute and meet Government halfway through the provision of sexual and reproductive health services to young people.
Established in 1996, NAPPA provides services and assistance to people in need of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care and support.
Much of its work is focused on advocacy lobbying Government and legislators to ensure that SRH and associated human rights issues are given significant consideration in the countrys health, planning and community policies.
We are proud of the work we do, because it is making a difference in the lives of young people, marginalised populations, girls and young women, Kasuto said.
She explained that community-based reproductive health agents cover long distances on foot to go to schools and villages providing information especially on the danger of teenage pregnancies, HIV and Aids and sexually transmitted infections.
Kasuto pointed out that through their consultations with young people, they have discovered that young people do not have the time to walk long distances to hospitals and clinics to seek health services.
It is for this and many other reasons that NAPPA decided to procure a new van for the region.
Receiving the mobile clinic, Kavango East Governor Samuel Mbambo said he is aware that the region is facing a tough battle against teenage pregnancies.
More than 5 000 teen girls have fallen pregnant in the Kavango East and Kavango West regions since 2016, to date.
We need to join hands in order to help our young people with this fight, Mbambo said.
He commended NAPPA for choosing the region to be part of its priority regions in the establishment of the youth-friendly clinic.