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Teenage pregnancy: A big threat to Uganda girl-child
Mission for African Mothers. Teenage pregnancy: A big threat to Uganda girl-child
World Population Day is an annual event, observed on July 11, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989.It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1999, approximately the date on which the world population reached five billion people. As the world population edged to 7 billion people in 2011 (up from 2.5 billion in 1950), it has had profound impl...
Create a supportive environment to end teenage pregnancy in Uganda
Mission for African Mothers. Create a supportive environment to end teenage pregnancy in Uganda
ON 17th October 2013, Uganda will commemorate the safe motherhood day under the theme , Teenage pregnancy - an obstacle to Safe Motherhood: Let us stop it now. The objective of the day is to raise awareness about maternal health and lobby for better ways of controlling maternal death. Uganda is ranked ninth on the list of countries with the highest adolescent pregnancy rates in Sub-Saharan Africa. Statistics indicate that 24% of the adolescent girls become pregnant before the age of ...
Teenage pregnancy still a big challenge
Mission for African Mothers. Teenage pregnancy still a big challenge
Sexual education and life skills training are key to addressing the current sexual and reproductive health challenges for young people in Uganda

The current trend of children engaging in sexual activities is a challenge to promoting sexual and reproductive health for young people. This trend has contributed to premature motherhood. The teenage pregnancy rate, currently estimated at 25% for Uganda, is a reflection of this trend.

The effects of teenage pregnancy are well k...
Revising restrictive abortion laws will save our mothers’ lives
Mission for African Mothers. Revising restrictive abortion laws will save our mothers’ lives

Despite restrictive abortion laws, recent estimates by the ministry of health indicate that over 175 out of every one thousand women who die due to child birth related complications are due to unsafe abortions. This proportion is double the World Health Organisation’s estimate for Eastern Africa which stands at 95 women. This is in addition to the many women who are injured and hospitalised as a result of unsafe abortions related complications.

Ugandan women, on average, give birth t...

Prioritize reproductive health needs of young people
Mission for African Mothers. Prioritize reproductive health needs of young people

Last week, Uganda joined the rest of the world to commemorate World Population Day under the theme; "Invest in Teenage Pregnancy: Let Girls be Girls."  The day is celebrated every July 11 to raise awareness on global population matters.In Uganda, as in many parts of the world, adolescents and young people’s sexual and reproductive health is a serious issue that demands urgent attention.

According to the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS) 2011, about 14% of tee...

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