A group of adolescent boys and girls with the support of the Planned Parenthood Association of Liberia (PPAL) have embarked on the distribution of condoms across Grand Gedeh County.
Melvin Kamara, media officer of PPAL, said the teenagers will distribute condoms across Zwedru and its surrounding towns throughout December 2015.
By distributing the condoms, Kamara said the teenagers will also be creating awareness on sexual reproductive health (SRH).
The PPAL media officer told the Daily Observer that the initiative is part of PPAL’s efforts to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and prevent unwanted pregnancies in the county.
He said the group was trained by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and BMZ –Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. PPAL is supported by the Lutheran Aids Club and BMZ, Kamara disclosed.
Based on his observations, Kamara said the youngsters enjoy sensitizing their age group, and older people, about SRH and the promotion of preventative methods to avoid STIs and unwanted pregnancies in the country.
“We enjoy talking with big people about STIs, unwanted pregnancy and the use of condoms. People consider our messages as valuable because of our orientation, and ages, too,” Kamara told reporters.
Prince Nimley, the general service provider for the youths, praised the efforts of the Ministries of Health, Youth and Sports, Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) and the Grand Gedeh Youth Development Association and other partners for the level of support accorded the group.
The PPAL is Africa’s longest existing family planning organization. It was established in November 1956 by Mrs. Edith Gates in the US, with the assistance of the late Mrs. Mae Beatrice Maximore-Keller and twelve other Liberians.
PPAL works with youths (in and out of school), the marginalized and vulnerable population, disabled, commercial sex workers, underserved community leaders, parents, religious leaders, and communities throughout the country.
It provides family planning, information, education and communication on SRHs/ Rs services related to prevention and management of HIV/AIDS, including voluntary counseling testing (VCTs) and post abortion related services.