THE Swedish government is building a state of the art health facility as well as skills center in Hopley in a bid to address the health challenges bedeviling the Hopley community.
By Michael Gwarisa
Hopely is one of the highly populated peri urban residential are in the outskirts of Harare, housing not less than 200 000 people, with about 65 000 being aged between 10-24years.
Speaking from the construction, Swedesh Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Amb Sophia Calltorp said the health center will go a long way in alleviating the health and employment challenges around the Hopely community.
“Here, Sweden is supporting the establishments of a healthcare center for the youth and in particular young women and in doing so, we also provide skills training and employment opportunities for young professionals in this area.
“As we know, employment and access to health services are fundamental rights and are key to sustainable future in Zimbabwe and i am very proud that Sweden supports the youths in Hopley through this project,” said Amb Calltorp.
Do date, a total of 100 youths have been trained around areas of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), plumbing, building, paving and other self sustaining projects. The goal of the Hopley project is to increas emplyment, SRHR information and services for young people to support young people so that they lead health and productive lives.
Hopley is a vulnerable community as it has limited access to work opportunities often relying on informal work characterized by decent work deficits and working poverty. Child marriages and teenage pregnancies are common and according to the United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA) teen pregnancies are currently at 18% and 21% respectively. At least 70% of girls are mothers by age 24 years.
Vulnerable young people, with a focus on young women, were identified for a skills training programme in partnership with St Peters Kubatana Vocational training centre.