Life Mentors trained on COVID-19

The training was aimed at empowering the Life Mentors with COVID-19, HIV prevention and Teenage pregnancy information to help them better facilitate the Adolescents club sessions at community level.

Nonhlanhla Hleta-Nkambule
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02 July 2020

The Government of Eswatini and Lusweti Institute for Health and Development communication in partnership with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are currently implementing an adolescent programme which aims at empowering adolescents on sexual and reproductive health issues, HIV and violence prevention.   A refresher training for Life mentors was facilitated with support from UNICEF. The training was aimed at empowering the Life Mentors with COVID-19, HIV prevention and Teenage pregnancy information to help them better facilitate the Adolescents club sessions at community level.

The project is targeting 2500 adolescents in two Tinkhundla being Madlangempisi and Matsanjeni North. The project has reached over 800 adolescents with COVID-19 prevention messages and distributed 800 masks and COVID-19 comic books to the same adolescents.

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UNICEF Eswatini Chief of Adolescent Protection Learning and Development Ms. Nathalie Daries

UNICEF chief of Adolescent Protection Learning and Development, Ms Nathalie Daries, thanked the Lusweti team especially the Life Mentors for the role they play in the communities. “Educating adolescents on prevention of teenage pregnancy, COVID-19, HIV prevention and is key”, remarked Ms Daries. She expressed her appreciation to the team for surpassing their hard work as results presented indicated that the quarter targets had been surpassed by 100 percent already.

 “It is quite encouraging to note that you are working hard in helping the adolescents minimize the spread of the pandemic”, said UNICEF’s Nathalie.

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A handwashing facility in one of the homesteads in the community

Lusweti Programme Manager, Calisile Masilela, reported that the response from community leaders and adolescents on COVID-19 prevention measures is very encouraging.  The adolescents who have been provided with masks are using them consistently. Communities are also very innovative in setting up handwashing facilities.