In Kenya, almost 1 in every 5 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are reported to be pregnant or have had a child already. This will no doubt be an important issue of focus for world leaders convening at the 25th International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) to be held 12-14 November 2019 in Nairobi.

To put a spotlight on the high number of teenage pregnancies and accelerate action to end the problem, the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) convened a policy dialogue that brought together 70 participants from the government, development partners, the youth, academia, think tanks, civil society, faith-based organisations, and the media.

The meeting arrived at SIX key recommendations that call for action in ongoing approaches and interventions to decisively end the problem of teen pregnancies. These are highlighted below and expounded upon in the attachment. The call to action can also be accessed on this linkCall to Action: Tackling Teen Pregnancy in Kenya

  1. Youth Voices: Nothing for us without us
  2. There’s a need for age-appropriate sexuality education
  3. Parents should be encouraged and empowered to engage teenagers on sexuality matters
  4. Allocate resources to implement sexual and reproductive health interventions
  5. Adopt a coordinated multi-sectoral approach
  6. Use evidence, adopt and leverage innovations

 

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