A day before #SARYSC2019.

So the long awaited Southern African Regional Students and Youth Conference on SRH (SARSYC) is here. Finally, it is here! It is just few hours before this 3rd edition of the regional conference kicks off. What has been happening so far… you probably want to know?

But before the update, allow us to inform you that this year’s conference is being hosted by the University of Zambia. The actual Venue for the conference is Cresta Golf View Lodge, in Lusaka Zambia. Young people and policy makers form 9 Southern African Countries are expected to gather for 2 days and create a roadmap to address young people’s SRH challenges.

The conference is being held under the theme #PlanPrioritisePrevent. As an Advocacy Platform, SARSYC2019 is imploring governments and stakeholders to effectively Plan for the realization of young people’s sexual reproductive health. Beyond planning, the conference is reinforcing the importance of Prioritizing young key populations. The third strand focuses on Preventing early and unintended pregnancies as well as related challenges including unsafe abortions and deaths. The importance of keeping girls in school can never be overemphasised.

So far, delegates from various countries have started arriving for the conference. Delegates from Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Namibia have already arrived. The rest of the delegates from the rest of the countries is expected to join the early birds this afternoon

Meanwhile, the main Pre-Conference activity, which is being organised by SAFAIDS is underway. A group of young people are gathered for this pre-conference activity which is focussing on Capacity building of Young people on Social Accountability, Monitoring of Adolescent and Young People’s SRH Services (SAM4AYSRH) in the SADC region.

There is generally there is a lot of excitement as young people mix and mingle, engage in fruitful dialogues on the work they are doing in their respective counties and chatting on expectations for this conference

A lot of high profile delegates are expected to grace the conference, including parliamentarians, college authorities and student leaders. We are really looking forward to an exciting time as young people take centre stage in driving the agenda for the promotion of their health, particularly SRH related

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More updates will be via our twitter accounts @SAYWHATOrg and @sarsyc

We will also be having a live blog on our website www.saywhat.org.zw from 11th to the 12th of July 2019.

From the #SARSYC2019 Media Team

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