Smart Choice Application launched
SAYWHAT with support from the Embassy of Sweden in Zimbabwe recently launched the Smart Choice mobile application, an application that has been developed to ensure young people’s access to information on sexual and reproductive health information.
The mobile app was launched during the night of the 9th of December at the National Students’ Conference that was held at ZESA Training Centre, Belvedere in Harare. The conference brought together students from tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe, civil society organisations, UN Agencies, Embassies and government officials.
Mr Liberty Dandira, who was the guest of honour said there was need to shift from the traditional way of engaging young people and migrate to strategies that young people identify with.
“In the fast-changing world like today’s, the internet represents the total opportunity. It represents the future and the present. It is power. Anyone who uses it to his/her advantage will find it easier to conquer, and defeat the increasingly difficult circumstances that militate against one’s success,” he said.
The mobile application has topics relating to sexual and reproductive health including Contraception, Sexual Harassment, STIs and HIV, Condom Use, Support and Nearest Clinics amongst other relevant information on SRH.
SAYWHAT Executive Director, Jimmy Wilford said the launch of the Smart Choice Mobile Application was the organisation’s way of creating a platform where young people can access information in a youth-friendly way.
Once downloaded, the application can be used while offline. Currently, the Smart Choice Application is found on Google Play Store and can be downloaded on the following link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.saywhat.smartchoice&hl=en
Plans to have it on iOS are underway.
Over 200 student delegates attended the National Students’ Conference which was held under the theme, “Youth Health, a Development Multiplier”, emphasising the need for young people’s health to be prioritised in the development agenda.