The visiting Norwegian Minister of International Development has called for more efforts to end teen pregnancies.
The minister was speaking in Dedza district when he toured some of the health related programmes that the Norwegian government id funding through the government of Malawi.
According to Nikolai Astrup who is the Norwegian minister responsible for international development, Malawi needs to devout more efforts into fighting teen pregnancies and they are the future of the country.
Astrup said, “Malawi is doing well in the provision of care and the results that have being achieved so far but the government should do more on eradicating early pregnancies together with the communities and promote women’s rights to access health services.”
Meanwhile, director for reproductive health in the ministry of health and population, Fanny Kachale has revealed that the government through the ministries of education, health and labour is working on the adolescent girls, women and strategy which is expected o be out later this year.
“The strategy wills outline activities for the vulnerable such as those affected by HIV, sex workers and other concerned groups in the country,” Kachale said.
Among the notable areas being supported by the Norwegian government, are Tuberculosis, Malaria, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health.
The programmes are implemented with help of other partners such as UNICEF, GAVI and the global fund.