High teen HIV, abortion rates spotlight sex education

DESIGN | JOY ABISAGI

What you need to know:

  • Eighteen per cent of teenagers  aged  between 15 and 19 are mothers or pregnant with their first child, according to the 2014 Kenya Demographic Health Survey.
  • Half of sexually active unmarried teenagers (15-19 years) do not use contraceptives of any kind (modern or traditional).
  • In 2014, 9,720 teenagers and youth aged between 15 and 24 years died in Kenya due to Aids-related illnesses, according to data from the National Aids Control Council.

When asked to breastfeed her seven-month old infant to stop it from wailing, 15-year-old Mary Akumu* picks the baby roughly and slaps it. “You people think my breasts are a cat’s that I should spend the whole day breastfeeding this thing?” she barks.

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