Uganda condemns sex education for 10-year-olds as ‘morally wrong’

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Uganda condemns sex education for 10-year-olds as 'morally wrong'

Ministry of Health declines to endorse proposals to tackle teen pregnancy rates, with distribution of contraceptives to 15-year-olds branded an ‘erosion of morals’

Samuel Okiror in Kampala
Friday 20 October 2017

A row has broken out in Uganda over proposals to extend sex education to 10-year-olds and give some 15-year-olds access to family planning services.

The Ministry of Health has refused to endorse the guidelines, which were designed to tackle the country’s high teenage pregnancy rate, objecting that they are morally wrong and would encourage promiscuity and abortions.

Activists condemned the decision as a “failure of leadership”.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/oct/20/uganda-condemns-sex-education-for-10-year-olds-as-morally-wrong

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UK: Teenage pregnancy: The choice that changed my life

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Teenage pregnancy: The choice that changed my life
Emily-Jane Clark for Metro.co.uk
Thursday 28 Sep 2017

‘I can’t be pregnant,’ I said to the doctor who had just examined me.

‘But you are sexually active,’ he pointed out.

‘I wouldn’t say “active”.’ I explained. ‘I’m not sexing around all the time. Just, you know, when my parents are out or…what I mean is, I have a serious boyfriend and we only have sex sometimes. Well, actually it is more like making love.’

‘Yes… But you’re still pregnant.’

Continued: http://metro.co.uk/2017/09/28/teenage-pregnancy-the-choice-that-changed-my-life-6939562/

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Ghana: Campaign to address teenage pregnancy launched

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Campaign to address teenage pregnancy launched

Dominic Moses Awiah
23 June 2017

A Non-governmental organisation, Liams Foundation International, has launched a campaign to help address the increasing rate of teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortion in the country.

The campaign, to be carried out in all the 10 regions of the country, will focus on creating awareness of how to avoid unwanted pregnancy in teenage girls, as well as educating those who are already pregnant on the need to prevent unsafe abortion.

Continued at source: Graphic Online: http://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/campaign-to-address-teenage-pregnancy-launched.html

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Ghana: More teenagers engage in unsafe abortion at Brohani – Midwife

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More teenagers engage in unsafe abortion at Brohani – Midwife
Jun 19, 2017

Unsafe abortion among teenagers has reached an alarming state at Brohani, a farming community in the Banda District of the Brong-Ahafo Region.
Madam Mamunatu Ibrahim, the midwife in-charge of the Brohani Rural Clinic, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview that the practice was among girls between the ages of 13 and 15 years.

Though she could not immediately provide figures on cases reported, Madam Ibrahim said early marriage was the major contributory factor to the unsafe abortion rates in the area. She said teenage pregnancy was rife in the area, and appealed to relevant institutions to help control early and forced marriages in the community.

Continued at source: News Ghana: https://www.newsghana.com.gh/more-teenagers-engage-in-unsafe-abortion-at-brohani-midwife/

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Some 6,000 teen abortion cases reported in Vietnam annually

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HANOI, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Some 6,000 teen abortion cases are reported in Vietnam annually, according to Vietnam's General Office for Population and Family Planning (GOPFP) on Monday.

In 2015 alone, Vietnam had a total of around 280,000 abortion cases, 2 percent of which were by teenage moms, local Tien Phong (Pioneer) online newspaper quoted the office as saying.

However, the figures were only collected in public medical facilities. With psychological fears, many teenagers chose to come to private healthcare ones, reported Tien Phong, adding that the real figures must have been much higher.

Dinh Huy Duong, head of GOPFP's Communication and Education Department, said despite on downward trend over the past few years, the rate of teen pregnancy in Vietnam remains high.

Statistics by GOPFP showed that among every 100 girls, nearly three girls get pregnant during their teenage, reported Tien Phong.

Source: Shanghai Daily

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