Interagency Team Educates, Empowers Youth on Women’s Health

Zambian youth review educational materials and respond to questions posed by Embassy Lusaka’s interagency presenters on women’s health.
Zambian youth review educational materials and respond to questions posed by Embassy Lusaka’s interagency presenters on women’s health.

The Embassy welcomed more than 60 students and teachers who are members of extracurricular HIV/AIDS and health clubs at Munali Boys and Girls Secondary Schools, as well as virtual participation via Google+ Hangout from audiences at our two American Corners at Copperbelt University and Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation, to a discussion about and women’s health and empowerment. The IRC engaged Embassy Speakers Bureau experts from USAID and one of its implementing partners, PEPFAR, and a PEPFAR and CDC implementing partner.

Embassy experts engaged our young visitors on heath topics such as cervical cancer, HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy and contraception, and tuberculosis. Students asked questions such as, “At what age can a person be diagnosed with TB?” and, “Even though I have HIV, is it possible for my child to be HIV negative?” During the program, presenters educated the audience about choices and risk reduction of HIV by showing segments of an Africa-wide award winning USAID and PEPFAR-supported “Love Games” television series. Presenters also distributed materials from IIP and EducationUSA, as well as Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Alliance pamphlets, adolescent health fliers, and Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies publications.