Worrying trend as 2,900 girls are impregnated in Malava in 2023/24

Members of Malava-based CBO reaching out to the community in a bid to address rising cases of teen pregnancies.

Malava has been marked as the leading Sub-county with high number of teen pregnancies, with statistics revealing that over 2,900 girls were pregnant between 2023 and 2024.

This has triggered a community based organization (CBO) to take the initiative to educate and sensitize locals on the safety of their girls and families from sexual exploitation, gender-based violence and HIV/Aids.

The chairman of the Boda Boda CBO Stephen Shitanda, addressing locals at Namagara market in Manda Shivanga Ward, pointed out that the issue of teen pregnancies was so enormous that it needs concerted efforts from all to curb it.

He said they were partnering with USAID, Boresha Jamii, national government administration officers (NGAO), Ministry of Health and community policing to reach out to the affected individuals, and so far the response has been positive.

“Since we began our campaign to stem the threat, we have managed to reach to over 10,000 individuals who, besides receiving medical services and screening, they have also been able to access other government services such as NHIF, KRA PIN and birth certificates that have not been readily available at the grass-root level,” he said.

He called on other stakeholders to join the movement and offer the needed services to the affected individuals as it is the only way of assisting them get back to normalcy.


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