First Lady Christine Kaseba has described the high number of child marriages in Zambia as a crisis.
Speaking in interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Dr Kaseba said child marriages must be fought with the same energy that saw the country reduce HIV prevalence rate from 25 percent to the current 16 percent.
She said HIV was considered a crisis when the prevalence rate stood at 25 percent.
Dr Kaseba the country needs to do something about the 42 percent girls that are either married off or impregnated before they reach the age of 18.
She is, however, happy that leaders at different levels are getting involved in the fight against early marriages.
Dr Kaseba pointed out that traditional leaders have become active in fighting the vice because of heightened awareness.
She also commended the media in Zambia for their role in raising awareness and fighting early marriages.