Govt launches campaign on teenage pregnancies

25Nov 2020
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Govt launches campaign on teenage pregnancies

​​​​​​​THE government has extended the adolescent and youth friendly services to more regions in an effort to curb teenage pregnancies in the country,one of the highest in the world.

Tanzania has one of the highest adolescent birth rates in the world at 132 per 1,000 teenage girls  aged between 15 and 19, said the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Prof Mabula Mchembe said here yesterday.

According to the PS to address adolescent related challenges, the government in collaboration with stakeholders had scaled up adolescent and youth friendly services in 2,224 public health facilities and conducted 603 adolescent outreach services in Ruvuma, Rukwa, Katavi, Tabora, Tabora and Dar es Salaam—regions with the highest adolescent birth rates.

He made the statement while officiating at the opening of  the three-day 21 Joint Annual Health Sector Technical Review Meeting held in Dodoma yesterday.

He said reproductive health education is one of the challenges facing adolescents in the country as they are vulnerable to complex health and socioeconomic challenges, the government has said.

"We urge stakeholders to support the government on designing interventions that are youth friendly services in the health facilities as a means to address the identified challenges,'' said Prof Mchembe.

He added that health financing continues to be a concern since theimprovement of health status of the population largely depends on it.

Statistics show that about 70per cent of the population is not insured by any form of Health Insurance leading to burdened with high out of pocket payment that might cause impoverishment due to catastrophic health expenditure. Read More...