WINDHOEK, 04 AUG – There is an urgent need to increase demand for condom use among young people in Namibia, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has said.
Speaking at an information sharing session on the Condomize! Campaign in Windhoek on Friday, UNFPA programme officer Thamary Silindza said in Namibia, correct and consistent condom use continues to be low.
“In an effort to create demand for condom use, especially among young people in the country, the UNFPA in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Services came up with a comprehensive condom programme,” she said.
The campaign will be launched on Monday and run until December in the Khomas, Zambezi and Ohangwena regions.
Additional information provided by the UNFPA said estimated HIV incidence is higher in areas of highest population density, including the Khomas Region and the northern regions bordering Angola, Zambia and Botswana.
The campaign will amongst others promote demand generation for condom use among young people; advocate for HIV prevention with emphasis on consistent condom use and build the skills of the media, youth peer educators and service providers on condom promotion and distribution.
“When used consistently and correctly, condoms are the single most efficient, available technology to reduce the sexual transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections,” Silindza said.