Kamuli district reports 57% increase in teenage pregnancies

In the week of 10th July 2017 the promoting girl rights through CEDAW project held community awareness campaigns in the districts of Buyende and Kamuli in a bid of creating more awareness on sexual violence (specifically child marriage) against adolescent girls; it’s short and long term effects and influence attitude change at home, community, and district levels to support girls to enroll, stay and complete their education. The week long activity, that attracted political and technical duty bearer’s right from Sub County to district levels together with CEDAW girl’s rights club members presented statistical  facts  that had overdue hindered  the wellbeing of children more especially the Adolescent girls between the ages of 10 to 19 years.

Teenage pregnancy increase from 24% to 25 % in urban areas and 26 to 27% in rural areas however Eastern region dominating with 29%. (UDHS2016)

35% of teenage others having no access to education. (UDHS2016)

17.2% adolescent maternal deaths between to 15 -19 years. (UDHS2011)

27.8% of death in pregnant adolescents ((UDHS2016) and the others being the increased prevalence of HIV in the region  standing on 3.7% with 2.4%   comprising  of 15 to 19 years HIV. According to

The biggest emerging highlight however in the campaign  was the statement  that presented teenage pregnancy  at 57% in Kamuli , speaking at Wankole sub county headquarters ,Kamuli District, the  senior principle nursing officer Kamuli general  referral  hospital  (sister Prossy Majimbi ) mentioned that  kamuli alone has 57% of adolescent pregnancies (approximately  6 of 10 adolescent girls are either pregnant or have a child already  per Local Council 1 zone in the district  ).she expressed that this had been attributed to the negative effects that come along with poor parenting, rigid patriarchal cultural norms  and gender inequalities high illiteracy levels and  and increasing cases of defilement that leave the sensitive adolescent girls  at the mercies of unbearable circumstances.

In Namasagali subcounty a primary school teacher impregnated four girls, in Wankole a father impregnated his own daughter and the police had affected the arrest of the father already .said Afande Kagoda Head of children and family protection unit Kamuli central police station.

Meanwhile Adolescent Girls representing Girls rights clubs from the different sub counties in Buyende and Kamuli tagged the overwhelming vise (defilement) on male teachers who showcased a lot of disrespect towards their pupils, the girls also went ahead to express their dissatisfaction towards the unfriendly sexual reproductive health services they encounter at health centres to those that have fallen victim of teenage pregnancies.

The Resident District Commissioner Kamuli district H E Ddumba Moses who presided over the events appreciated Plan international and Forum for African women educationalist for the great efforts towards exhuming these ever growing evils, he earmarked that the most appropriate way to nurture such behaviors was through creating a robust network of commited people from grass roots to the district levels to support much more awareness on the dangers on early marriage and teenage pregnancies.

In Buyende the district police commander ASP Muhammed Kirumira attributed these problems to a weak leadership structure from grassroots going upwards, poor mindsets, laziness, extreme poverty and corruption.

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