Overall, teenage pregnancies constituted one quarter
of all pregnancies in Malawi in
2016. This has worrisome implications for
Findings from I-LEARN have shown that poverty is a major driver of both teen pregnancy among girls in school and of school dropouts.
While economic empowerment interventions are often viewed as unsustainable, our early findings indicate that simply educating teen girls and boys about sex, though important, is not enough to prevent teen pregnancy and school dropout – it is also necessary to address the larger context.
For many girls in Malawi, that means addressing social, economic and cultural barriers.