Madam Irene Sherman, officer-in-charge of the Soniwein Clinic in Monrovia, has reminded the youth to get involved in the discussion of health issues, and to share their knowledge with their peers.
Sonewein Clinic is a referral clinic for young people under the Multi-Country Health Initiative – ACT 2 Live Program of the Liberian YMCA.
“Take advantage of this program so you can have access to health information and better services,” Madam Sherman emphasized on recently , when she served as one of the facilitators of the ACT 2 Live Program of the YMCA’s on World Aids Day celebration.
The program was organized by the Liberian Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and held under the theme: “Creating Awareness through Discussion,” at the Clara Town Community, on the Bushrod Island in Monrovia.
According to her, “young people who are referred to the YMCA under this program are sent to respond to the issues presented by family planning,” she furthered, “What they learn at this program will help their peers by challenging them to get more involved and share information on important issues.
The gathering brought together over one hundred young people who held discussions on the causes and prevention of HIV/AIDS , the importance of the usage of condoms, and the cause and effect of mental health issues.
Clara Town has a population of over 28,000 thousand inhabitants, most of whom are youths. Unfortunately, it has only one health clinic, the Clara Town Clinic.
The Liberia YMCA has been to several communities in Monrovia under the ACT 2 Live Project, of the Multi Country Health
Initiative, where discussions on various health issues are being held.
Two of the participants, Ruth Jackson of the Samuel K. Doe Community, and Bennetta Jallah of the Liberia Motorcycle Union (LMTU), said the program is making an impact on them and they are using the knowledge they receive to spread information to their peers.
“Young people have problems understanding health issues, but with the level of education being carried out by the YMCA, they are now able to discuss these issues in the areas where the program is being implemented.” Benneta said.
The ACT 2 Live Program is also intended to respond specifically to the health needs of marginalized and vulnerable groups of young people, many of whom have been forced to engage in high-risk behavior with negative health implications.
The program is being executed in three counties; Montserrado, Bong, and Lofa. There are six locations in Montserrado, and three each in Bong and Lofa Counties.
It is funded by the Swedish Government (SIDA) through the Swedish Mission Council and implemented in partnership with Sweden’s YMCA and YWCA, the African Alliance of YMCAs, and Y care International