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Malindi, Kenya: Program to Address Poverty Induced Teenage Pregnancies

“Schools have been closed since March 2020, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and this has seen rampant increase in rates of teenage pregnancies as highlighted by mainstream media and the most recent Kenya Government Health Information Survey,” Mr. Mpuria says in the report.

He explains that because of poverty, teenage girls in Kilifi were pushed to irresponsible sexual practices early in life as a means to survive.

“Kilifi County is one of the poorest areas of Kenya with Human Development Index of 0.47 percent compared to the national average of 0.58 per cent,” he says, and adds, “This means that the populations have limited opportunities and choices, which predispose young girls to be lured into sexual activity for purposes of accessing basic necessities.”

Source: ACIAfrica

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