via Govt, UN agency unveil teen condoms | The Herald November 26, 2015
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in conjunction with Government, launched the CONDOMISE campaign yesterday, distributing small-sized condoms for the ages of 15 and above. Speaking in Chitungwiza yesterday during the launch of the three-day campaign, UNFPA senior technical advisor Mrs Bidia Deperthes said this age group also needed to be catered for given that some of them were becoming sexually active at a young age.
“We have brought seven types of condoms. We have small condoms which are 49 ml for the young people who start being sexually active at the age of 15 but can not fit the adult sized condoms that usually slip and exposed them to sexually transmitted diseases and HIV,” she said.
Mrs Deperthes said the different types of condoms, flavours and scents would attract the young people and thus end up protecting themselves. “This is the best way to attract the young people through music, T-shirts and the message ‘This will help them to always CONDOMIZE’ and this is a methodology campaign, the huge campaign is coming in 2016 for Zimbabwe,” said Mrs Deperthes.
This comes against the background of a raging debate whether children in school should be given condoms as the targeted 15-year-olds are still in school.
Also speaking at the same occasion, Ministry of Health and Child Care STI and Condom coordinator, Mrs Anna Machiha said they hoped the campaign would attract both the young and adults to use condoms. “We are highly burdened with HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), so condoms are very important in reducing new infections of HIV and STIs. We are targeting Harare these three days and we shall distribute 300 000 condoms,” she said.
She said they had changed the way of campaigning not to promote condoms but to attract people to use them. “We have blended entertainment and education so as to influence people to use protection, so we are doing the campaign through road shows where we give prizes and educate the public on condom use.
“People usually don’t like to use condoms but we are advocating that they should use them. Everyone should protect him or herself. The CONDOMISE campaign is not for sex workers only,” she said. The CONDOMISE campaign is a pre-campaign for the upcoming ICASA conference where more than a million condoms will be distributed.