By Brian Mwale– Chieftainess Mweenda of the Tonga people of Chikankata District is concerned with the rising number of new HIV infections among young people.
Chieftainess Mweenda says parents need to take an active approach in the fight against HIV and not just leave everything to authorities.
Speaking during the launch of an Adaptive Leadership Methodology in fighting HIV among adolescents in Chikankata by the Ministry of Health, Chieftainess Mweenda expressed optimism that the framework will help change society through improved behaviour.
And Ministry of Health Director Public Health and Chairperson of Adaptive Leadership Steering Committee Andrew Silumesi said Adaptive Leadership will help communities get engaged in finding solutions to various challenges.
Dr. Silumesi said solutions to increased teen pregnancies and maternal death among teens lie within the communities.
He said government is concerned that annually, over 13,000 teenage pregnancies are recorded, of which around 11,000 are among girls in primary school.
Chikankata Council Chairperson Conrad Ngoma implored the 30 participants to adapt technical interventions of ALL to achieve positive results.
Mr. Ngoma thanked the Global Fund for making it possible for the Ministry of Health and Churches health Association of Zambia -CHAZ- to support the works.
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