THE SILENT KILLER: Teenage Pregnancy In Uganda

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We have to protect and empower tomorrow’s mothers of this nation..

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Teenage pregnancy has kept thousands of girls from school. Credit: Echwalu Photography Teenage pregnancy has kept thousands of girls from school. Photo Credit: Echwalu Photography

UGANDA has for some time now had the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in Sub-Saharan Africa at over 25% despite the existence of a law criminalizing Defilement. UBOS 2011 statistics indicate that the number of teenage mothers in the West Nile sub region shot from 3.7% in 2006 to 6.6% in 2011 despite several efforts by civil society to reverse the trend. The situation is not any better in the other parts of the country. Recent media reports revealed how 40,000 primary school girls are defiled by their very own teachers annually across the country many of whom end up pregnant.

The question then is why is such an unacceptable trend of gross human rights violations thriving?

The Uganda National Adolescent Health Policy defines adolescents as people between the ages of 10 and 19 years. This is…

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