UNICEF partners with Ministry of Health and Lusweti to educate adolescents on COVID-19

Topics covered under the HIV prevention sessions include Teenage Pregnancy, Sexual Reproductive Health, HIV Testing and Counselling, Sexual Abuse, Condoms and Adherence to Treatment among others.

Nonhlanhla Hleta-Nkambule
Group of girls sitting on grass facing camera
UNICEF Eswatini/2020
20 May 2020

UNICEF, the Ministry of Health- Sexual Reproductive Health Unit and Lusweti Institute for Health have partnered to implement an adolescent project titled RISE. This is an HIV prevention program targeting 2500 adolescents and 1000 parents in two Tinkhundla being Madlangempisi and Matsanjeni North. The project started in April 2020 and will end in December 2020 and has reached 400 adolescents on COVID-19 sensitisation which saw the distribution of 400 masks and COVID-19 comic books to the same adolescents. Topics covered under the HIV prevention sessions include Teenage Pregnancy, Sexual Reproductive Health, HIV Testing and Counselling, Sexual Abuse, Condoms and Adherence to Treatment among others.

Three girls sitting on grass and wearing face masks
UNICEF Eswatini/2020
Adolescent girls during one of the RISE sessions at Maguga community

The Rise project is a response program to address the issues faced by young people particularly adolescents and also the issue of poor parent-child communication. Lusweti made the finding last year that parent-child communication was a problem among parents thus this year we will be engaging parents on the importance of communicating and parenting.

 “I am grateful to have participated in the RISE club sessions on COVID  as I was able to understand the importance of Staying at home hard as it is”, Also I have received a mask and also know what is a sanitizer”…said Neliswa 19, Mpundle.

UNICEF is supporting Lusweti financially and technically in the implementation of the RISE project. The project will end in December and the aim is to reach 2500 adolescent boys and girls and 1000 parents drawn from 10 communities. This will help increase knowledge levels on COVID-19, HIV prevention, prevention of Teenage pregnancy and other SRH issues.