UNZA school of Public Health sensitizes adolescents in Sinazongwe

The University of Zambia School of Public Health has embarked on carrying out a health study aimed at collecting information on sexual and reproductive health among adolescents and young people in Sinazongwe District.

This came to light when the University in collaboration with the District Health Office conducted a sensitization stakeholders meeting that was held at the Council Chambers in Sinazongwe.

And speaking at the same meeting, Sinazongwe District Commissioner, Nchimunya Siakole expressed gratitude that such a study had come at the right time when adolescents and young people in Sinazongwe had been spared from health related issues such HIV, Gender based violence, education and other challenges.

He was happy that Sinazongwe was among the twenty Districts across the Country where the study will be conducted because the findings will help provide solutions to the challenges faced by adolescents and young people.

However, Head of department community and family health school of Public Health at UNZA Cosmas Zyaambo explained during his presentation that the study will involve young people aged between 10 and 24 years.

Dr. Zyaambo said the University will engage community leaders, guardians, religious leaders, counsellors, civic leaders and health care workers.

He said the study will take place between July, 2022 and September, 2022 and will involve activities such as interviews and discussions with the young people who are both in and out of School, collection of blood samples for HIV and syphilis testing, provision of counselling services and referring young people to nearby health facilities for treatment and care.

Dr. Zyaambo said the activities shall be conducted at household, schools, village, community, health facility, Government departments and Market places.

He called on stakeholders in the District to help disseminate the information to the targeted young people so that the study could be conducted successfully without much difficulties.

He expressed concern that there was a challenge at this phase for young people as they often remained less informed and equipped with information that would help them make rational decisions regarding sexual activities and GBV.