MSU to pro­duce sex cen­tred film

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - En­ter­tain­ment - Love­more Zi­gara Mid­lands Cor­re­spon­dent

STU­DENTS from the Mid­lands State Uni­ver­sity Health Ser­vices depart­ment are set to pro­duce a film cen­tred on sex­ual re­pro­duc­tive health is­sues.

Theatre en­sem­ble — Sa­vanna Trust — has been tasked to di­rect the film which has a script writ­ten by the stu­dents to em­power fel­low youths.

Act­ing di­rec­tor of health ser­vices, Tafirenyika Shoko, said the depart­ment had come up with the ini­tia­tive to reach out to stu­dents at the in­sti­tu­tion and the na­tion at large.

“The film will touch on is­sues to do with sex­ual re­pro­duc­tive health in ado­les­cents who form the ma­jor­ity of our stu­dents. The idea is to pack­age in­for­ma­tion that’s rel­e­vant in that stage of their life so that they can be able to make in­formed de­ci­sions,” said Shoko.”

Shoko said the film would be shot later this month and is ex­pected to be re­leased early next year. Once com­plete, the film will be dis­trib­uted to other ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions. It will also be re­leased to mem­bers of the pub­lic.

Other than the film, the in­sti­tu­tion is also in the process of ne­go­ti­at­ing with prom­i­nent award-win­ning mu­sic pro­ducer Oskid whom they want to pro­duce a mu­sic al­bum with tal­ented stu­dents.

The ef­forts by MSU come at a time when sta­tis­tics from the Na­tional Aids Coun­cil (Nac) show that higher and ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions have the high­est rate of new HIV and Aids in­fec­tions in the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics from Nac, the num­ber of new in­fec­tions stands at 86 708.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is now ad­vo­cat­ing for main­stream­ing of HIV and Aids in the ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions’ cur­ric­ula. — @lavuzi­gara1.

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