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Press Statement Day of the African Child

Students and Youth Working on Reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT) in collaboration with Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children (ZNCWC) and the Child Rights Coalition (CRC) join the rest of the continent in commemorating the Day of the African Child, a day that is celebrated on the 16th of June every year to observe the 1976 student uprising in Soweto, South Africa, where students who marched in protest against apartheid-inspired education were brutally murdered.As we commemorate this year’s theme of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the......

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Young people’s sexual & reproductive health during the COVID-19 #8 / By Tariro Noel Nyamubarwa.

According to World Health Organization (WHO) at least 10 million unintended pregnancies occur each year among adolescents girls aged 15-19 years in the developing world and of the estimated 5,6million abortions that occur each year 3,9million are unsafe contributing to maternal mortality, morbidity and lasting health problems. Teenage pregnancies crisis affects both the developed and developing countries. They are however more rampant in marginalised communities influenced by poor socio-economic status, lack of education and insecure livelihoods. Furthermore, teenage pregnancies are exacerbated by rape, early marriages, peer pressure, drug abuse and lack of......

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Commemorating World Contraception Day 2019

Students and Youth Working on Reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT) joins the rest of the world in commemorating the World Contraception Day – a day that is celebrated on the 26th of September every year. World Contraception Day was launched in 2007 with a mission to improve awareness of all contraceptive methods available. This year’s celebrations are happening when the World is left with just a few months before marking the end of the FP2020 Strategy, a roadmap that saw countries, including Zimbabwe, committing to reduce the unmet need for contraception. Promoting youth......

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INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY

SAYWHAT joins the international family of progressive countries, Youth-Serving Organizations, Youth-Led Organizations and other development partners in commemorating the International Youth Day on the 12th of August 2019. This year’s commemorations of International Youth Day marks exactly 20 years after the United Nation General Assembly through resolution 54/120 agreed to have the 12th of August as the International Youth Day. This was a direct recommendation from the Lisbon Conference for Ministers responsible for youth related development issues. This year’s theme of the International Youth Day is aptly crafted, “Transforming education”. The theme......

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The Third Southern African Regional Students and Youth Conference

Students And Youth Working on reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT) and the University of Zambia with support from HIVOS, hosted the Third Southern African Regional Students and Youth Conference which was held on the 11th and 12th of July 2019 in Zambia at Cresta Golf View Hotel. Under the theme Plan, Prioritise and Prevent, the conference called on governments and stakeholders to effectively plan and prioritize young people sexual and reproductive health issues, including investing in preventing strategies that eradicate the various SRHR challenges affecting young people in the region. The conference......

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Mugota: SARSYC`s New Entry

SAYWHAT and partnership with the University of Zambia is hosting the 3rd edition of the Southern African Conference on SRH at Cresta Golf View, Lusaka, Zambia. The 3rd edition of the mega-regional event is running under the theme Plan, Prioritise, Prevent. Of significance is the participation of Mugota/Ixhiba Young Men`s forum representative for the first time since the inaugural SARSYC 2015. The participation of the Mugota/Ixhiba representatives signifies a new era of male student’s activism in the region. Historically young men have been vilified as perpetrators and perpetuators of negative masculinity and harmful cultural......

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LIVE UPDATE FROM #SARSYC2019. Lusaka, Zambia

07:15 Delegates have started registration and entering the venue07:30 Lots of excitement as more young people arrive at the venue, Taking selfies and having fun. 08:00 Registration almost complete, the venue is almost full, with more delegates expected soon O8:30 more delegates have arrived and the conference is expected to start soon O8:30 more delegates have arrived and the conference is expected to start soon 08:45 The smiles represent the summary of it all. Lots of enthusiasm as we wait for the conference to kick off in a few minutes 09:00 The......

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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......

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SAYSYC getting ready

SARSYC is such an experience. It is not just about the critical dialogue that ensue in each edition. It is more than that. The preparation itself is such powerful capacity building process for young people. Many life lessons learnt. Many skills developed. And what makes us at SAYWHAT more excited is the experience of working with dedicated young people who commit themselves to see the success of the conference without being driven by the pursuit of any financial gain. They see the benefits of participating in such a conference beyond what ordinarily......

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Africa: Three of the Most Used Contraceptives Don't Increase HIV Risk - ECHO Study

The ECHO study has found no significant difference in risk of HIV acquisition among women using one of three methods of birth of control that are used on the continent – DMPA, the Copper IUD and Jadelle implant. Doctors, activists and the audience have welcomed the findings but agree that women still need to have access to a broad range of effective and acceptable methods of contraception, as current levels are not ideal. The findings have also been hailed by the WHO  coordinator for the Human Reproduction Team, Dr. James Kiarie. He,......

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