Youth Development
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Global Hope Mobilization
Narrowing The Gap Project
Narrowing The Gap Project
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Narrowing the Gap was an HIV and AIDS three months bridging funding project whose aim was to provide 330,000 adolescents and young people in and out of school including vulnerable and key population adolescents like OVC, SWs, vendors, and girls from 9 priority districts, access to correct information, quality HIV prevention and SRH services, continuous utilization of services and relevant skills to reduce their risks and vulnerability to HIV and unplanned pregnancies through supportive community structures that have their capacity to deliver relevant SRH and HIV prevention information, risk reduction education and demand creation for utilization of services improved.
The  2010 MDHS reported that adolescent girls get infected with HIV at an early age - 5% of girls aged 15-24 were infected unlike their boy counterparts whose prevalence rate was at 2%. In the same year the GoM launched the YFHS policy sadly four years later NAC Malawi Aids Progress Report 2013-14 observed that only 12.4% of the targeted 4 000 000 youths  did not access YFHS. Main factors cited for the poor access rates were lack of access to accurate information and lack of parental and community support. In 9 priority districts SRH challenges manifestated in the form of early pregnancies and a low primary school survival rate at 50.9%.
Lilongwe, Mzimba and Ntcheu needed an intervention that not only raised awareness and provided outreach services but more importantly developed sustainable community led capacity to deliver relevant SRH and HIV prevention correct information, risk reduction education and demand creation for utilization of services would help bridge that gap. On the other hand even though Global Hope Mobilization’s  pre-existing inclusive community led referrals had a modest capacity to deliver they were designed and programed for adults and adolescent. The adoecesnt components had less funds for the project continuation hence it needed bailout. Global Hope Mobilization was still a better placed partner to bridge that gap by implementing the Narrow the Gap project in Lilongwe, Mzimba and Ntcheu districts because we had experience and functional structures already working in those 3 districts.

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Success Stories

1. 120 Community structures on referring for   HIV and testing were developed at community level.

2. 4, 025 young people were tested for HIV.

3. District Youth Network was formed to spearhead youth work in the district.

4. Through the formed Youth network one young person has been chosen to represent the young people at district level participating in all technical meeting.

5. Increased uptake of Family Planning service by young people in the district health centers.

6. The project facilitated formation of bylaws of protecting girls from marrying at early age (Child Marriage).

The project was being implemented as Pilot project and it is now being scaled up in Chiradzulu district
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