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Women’s Coalition Against Cancer (WOCACA), a national NGO focusing on reproductive cancers, has highlighted lack of skills and knowledge as some of the barriers preventing young people from actively participating in programs designed to promote sexual and reproductive health (SRH) rights and fight cervical cancer in their localities.

During a one-day training WOCACA conducted at Baka Training Center in Karonga on 22 February 2022, it was observed that young people could play “a very influential role” in national efforts to prevent cervical cancer and fight for SRH rights, but need to be imparted will skills and knowledge about cervical cancer and sexual and reproductive health rights.

WOCACA is currently implementing a project known as “Supporting coordinated civil society advocacy for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health (WCAH) in COVID-19 response and recovery” with a grant from Management Sciences for Health (MSH).

The overall goal of the project is to support national objective to build capacity for community awareness and mobilization in order to create demand for cervical cancer prevention and control services. The project is being implemented in Karonga district.

And in order to strengthen coordinated efforts and partnerships, WOCACA in collaboration with Karonga Debate Club (KADEC) a youth NGO organized a one-day training workshop for young people to increase their knowledge and capacity in promoting cervical cancer prevention and their sexual and reproductive health rights in Karonga.

The training attracted 36 participants with a selection of young people, which included girls, young women and boys from local clubs and community-based organizations (CBOs) from villages of Katolola, Mwambuli, Mwahimba, Mweneyumba, Mwafilaso, Yaphet Mwakasungula and Mwanegha Villages in Paramount Chief Kyungu in the district.