High teenage pregnancies worry SAFAIDS
Lusaka, March 12, 2015, ZANIS—The Southern African AIDS Information Dissemination Services (SAFAIDS) has bemoaned the high levels of teenage pregnancies in Zambia.
SAFAIDS says the trend was a clear indication that knowledge and uptake of sexual and reproductive health services was low among the youths in the country.
ZANIS reports that SAFAIDS District Education Board Member Catherine Kalokoni made the observation at a Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) speak out dialogue held today at Mahati Maghandi Basic school grounds in Mtendere township in Lusaka.
The programme is a regional initiative implemented by SAFAIDS through strategic regional and national partners which is aimed at addressing issues regarding HIV, Gender Based Violence and the needs of young people.
Ms Kalokoni said focusing on issues that most young people fall victim to is a commendable step by SAFAIDS as many people in Zambia are sexually active from as early as 10 to 16 years of age.
Ms. Kalokoni said young people tend to have unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions, maternal deaths and pregnancy related injuries and above all HIV, which has a negative impact on the social and economic wellbeing of the country.
She added that the dialogue programme will help scale-up availability of appropriate, relevant and up to date HIV and Girl empowerment information for young people.