Rombo grapples to curb early pregnancies

08Mar 2018
James Lanka
The Guardian
Rombo grapples to curb early pregnancies

AUTHORITIES in Rombo District, Kilimanjaro Region are grappling to curb the increasing number of early pregnancies in the area.

Rombo District Commissioner, Agnes Hokororo.

Rombo District Commissioner, Agnes Hokororo revealed this recently when speaking at the official launching of the Phase-II project dubbed: ‘Economic Empowerment and enhance protection of the rights of Children, Women and People with Disabilities through paralegals.’


Implemented by legal aid charity organisation—Action for Justice in Society (AJISO), the project is to cover two divisions in the district, which are Usseri and Tarakea.


Data shows that in 2016, there were about 62 reported cases of early pregnancies and last year were 72 cases.


The DC said the tendency of parents to move from one area to another in search for green pastures, is one of the drivers of gender-based violence (GBV) in the area.


According to the official, some of them tend to abandon their kids to their elders in their home villages, the situation that plunge them into such calamities.


She also recommended AJISO and other players for awareness creation campaign in the district to end the plight.


She added that, the launch of the project that has sponsored by the German charity organisation-Bread for the World comes at a right time as AJISO has taken initiative several times to curb the problem in collaboration with other key stakeholders in the district including teachers, district court, police gender desk, Ward Executive Officers (WEOs) Village Executive Officer (VEOs), students, parents/guardians, community Development Officers (CDOs), paralegals and social workers, among many others, who pledged  to work with them very closely to curb the problem.


The DC also explained that, men are also victims of gender-based violence but most of them were ashamed to report them to the authorities, appealing them to report to them for the sustainable good livelihoods. 


For her part, the Executive Director of AJISO, Virginia Silayo explained that, during implementation of the phase one of the project that started in January 2016 to December 2017 they reached a total of 25 people with disabilities, 40 paralegals, and 240 community members who were provided with skills on how to establish their own Village Community Banks (VICOBA).