Geita, Pemba increasing teenage pregnancies

08Mar 2016
Our Reporter
The Guardian
Geita, Pemba increasing teenage pregnancies

A new study published by the Tanzania Media Women's Association shows an alarming increase in teenage pregnancy in Geita and Pemba Regions despite enhanced campaigns by human rights activists.

Tamwa’s senior officer, Gladness Munuo,

The survey conducted between January and October last year indicates that 605 girls (about 47.5 percent) below 15 years dropped out of school in Geita’s Nyang’hwale District while 240 girls in Pemba had to abandon classes due to pregnancy.

The report supported by UNFPA also highlighted that cases of female genital mutilation also remained higher in Singida, Mara, Dar es Salaam, Coast, Shinyanga, Manyara, Arusha and Dodoma Regions.

“We commissioned our research in 12 regions in Tanzania Mainland and Isles to establish the situation on the ground..."

"The findings indicate the problem remains high despite efforts from state and non-state actors,” Gladness Munuo, Tamwa’s senior officer told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

While Tanzania expects to join other countries in the world to commemorate the International Women’s Day today, Tamwa said there is no end in sight for both early and forced marriages and FGM—which remains the main sources of gender based violence.

According to Munuo, research findings also revealed that 39.9 percent of all women registered for antenatal clinic in Dodoma’s Kondoa district last year had undergone cuttings.

“We were worried that as much as we embark on new approaches to end FGM and child pregnancies, perpetrators are also adopting new ways to accomplish their goals.

We will not back down in this battle we will fight until there are no more reports of gender based violence,” she said.

The World Health Organisation puts it clear that babies born to adolescent mothers face substantially higher risk of dying than those above 20 years, thus a major contributor of material and child mortality.

Godfrida Jola, program officer with Tamwa told reporters that among the new techniques being employed is shifting young girls from their villages of origin to be mutilated elsewhere.