2018年11月26日

TEENAGE HEALTH IN CRISIS AS TEENAGE PREGNANCIES RISE BY A BIG MARGIN TEENAGE HEALTH IN CRISIS AS TEENAGE PREGNANCIES RISE BY A BIG MARGIN

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That almost one in five Kenyan teenage girls is a mother represents not only a huge cost to the health sector but also a betrayal of potential on a shocking scale.

Consider this. Statistics from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) indicate that between June 2016 and July 2017, 378,397 adolescents in Kenya aged 10 to 19 got pregnant.

Numerous studies have documented the fact that a high number of teens are already sexually active. These young girls are part of the four in ten women in Kenya aged between 15 and 49 who have unintended pregnancies.

Statistics say the majority are from poor families - it means an end to any dreams of coming out of poverty because they cannot continue with education. Complications during pregnancy are the second cause of death for 15 to 19-year-old girls, therefore it means their already poor families have additional health care costs to meet.

Children born to such young mothers are more prone to physical and cognitive development. The overall effect is a perpetuation of the cycle of poverty that brings personal catastrophe while weakening social and economic development and adding strain to already stretched medical services.

In reproductive health, as in most things, knowledge is power. But across sub-Saharan Africa too many teenage girls lack knowledge of their bodies, their contraceptive options, and their rights. The notion of rights is central.

As the UNFPA report The Power of Choice states, in countries where rights to health, education, and opportunity prevail, fertility rates tend to be lower. Through exercising their wider rights, people exercise choice about the timing and number of their children.

Three years ago, Kenya launched the Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy. Unless bold decisions are made to implement that policy, pregnancies among our youth will continue to be a wrecking ball to the national development agenda particularly the Big Four and the SDGs.

In order for every girl to achieve her full human potential, the entire country should be engaged to initiate a change in mindset in Kenya. There should be a national conversation on this subject be leveraged into national action.

Abuta Ogeto
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学校では教育をしていないのでしょうか?
Posted by ことり at 2018年11月27日 09:24
様々な問題をひとつずつ正してゆかなくてはならないのだと思います。
Posted by しん at 2018年12月01日 08:31
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