By Rhodrick Banda 

The faith community has taken a huge step in promoting sexual reproductive health rights in Ntcheu district where people are being encouraged to adopt natural contraceptive methods.

Religious leaders through the Catholic Health Commission have put their weight behind natural family planning methods citing convenience and affordability.

In Sharpe Vale, the Catholic Health Commission is championing use of natural contraceptive methods which a number of families have applauded as being ideal.

Moses Ng’oma, who hails from Tawoloka Village in Traditional Authority Champiti’s areas in Ntcheu district, is among natural contraceptive mentors and has been a beneficiary of natural sexual reproductive methods since 2016.

Ng’oma disclosed not having witnessed any side effects ever since he embraced natural family planning measures and encouraged uptake of the methods among the general population.  

He added that natural contraceptive methods have made him more energetic and sexually active.

Commenting on the matter, Catholic Health Commission Coordinator Father Gerald Bwemba said his committee is providing the best platforms for people to adopt either natural or modern contraceptive methods.

Father Bwemba praised natural modes of contraceptive ways as being cost effective, time conscience and to a greater extent have accessibility advantage.  

He said religious leaders are exhausting all available platforms like funeral ceremonies, church sermons in intensifying awareness campaigns to ensure people are well informed about natural ways of contraceptive methods.

The natural ways of contraceptive methods is being implemented by the Catholic Health Commission under the Nzatonse Project which is in phase 4 in Ntcheu district.

Taking his turn, Nzatonse Project officer in Ntcheu district Grey Chanachi believes by the end of the project in 2023 all objectives including sexual reproductive health rights will be met.

The Nzatonse project is also spearheading fight against gender based violence as well as anti-human trafficking interventions among other initiatives.

The Norwegian Church Aid and the German Government through KFW are bankrolling the Nzatose Project.

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