On 27 October 2016, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Lusaka conducted an outreach programme in support of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 by showing a video titled “Making Health Choices” to 22 UNIC clients (18 male and four female). With facilitation by Charles Nonde, Team Assistant and assisted by UNICs interns, Memory Shaputu and Dominic Mwela, the event generated useful questions and debate on health issues affecting people across all ages in terms of choices and well being. Mark Maseko, National Information Officer also had some random discussions with the users of the library on the SDGs.
In line with ensuring that no one is left behind in the SDG agenda, the video activity particularly targeted young people to help them make informed decisions on issues that included teenage pregnancies, condom use and HIV and AIDS.
During the answer and question session, some members of the audience raised issues such as who is the best placed to teach or tell a teenager about Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) issues with varied views ranging from parents/guardians, teachers and peers. There appeared to have been consensus that every individual had the responsibility to share information on SRH. The audience also discussed the issue of age and relationships.
Noting the gender imbalance at the video show, it was agreed that more females should be encouraged to be in attendance as such discussions benefitted both males and females. This is against the backdrop of statistics that show females being disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS.