Address the spike in teen pregnancies

Pregnant schoolgirls. They were rescued and hosted at Community Forum for Advanced Sustainable Development in Kisumu on July 16,2020. 

Photo credit: Ondari Ogega | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Last year, Global Childhood statistics showed Kenya had the third-highest teen pregnancy rate, 82 births per 1,000.
  • The WHO says complications relating to pregnancy and childbirth are already the leading cause of death for girls aged 15-19. Some 3.9 million unsafe abortions among girls aged 15-19 occur yearly.

The closure of schools in mid March to curb the spread of the coronavirus has exposed seven million girls to gender-based violence, sexual exploitation such as defilement and rape and unwanted early pregnancy. Most were violated by their relatives and people they knew.

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