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Adolescent pregnancy in Volta Region still high – Department of Gender


The increase in adolescent pregnancies in the Volta Region over the past three years has alarmed the department of gender there. 

 

In the region, 6,144 such instances were reported in 2020, while 6,294 cases were reported in September 2021. 

 

Child marriage has been on the rise in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to Regional Director of Gender, Madam Thywill Eyra Kpe, who was speaking to Citi News at a meeting with some adolescent moms in several districts of the Volta region.

The engagement is a component of a global program under the UNFPA Seven Country Programme that aims to end child marriage in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to Madam Thywill Kpe. 

 

"We learned that the rate of child marriage in sub-Saharan Africa is relatively high, and that teen pregnancy has been linked to both the cause and the consequence of child marriage. Teenage pregnancies have a significant impact on our population dynamics and are intended to end child marriage globally. 

 

Over 100,000 teenage pregnancies have been reported in the nation, with the Volta region registering over 6,000 cases in 2020 and 2021, according to Madam Kpe. 

She added that, “there is an implication on development even if a single girl gets pregnant, and we are much concerned if 6,000 of them are getting pregnant.”

 Madam Thywill Kpe, the Volta Regional Director of the Department of Gender, also noted that, the department is engaging these teenage mothers “to serve as ambassadors in their various communities to prevent further increase in cases of teenage pregnancy”. 

The UNFPA CP7 Programme is also targeting other groups such as parents, youth groups, faith-based organisations and 'okada riders' who some girls identified as key contributors to teenage pregnancies. 

Some of the teenage mothers also noted that, their education has been affected as a result of their pregnancies. 

They however hope to continue their education or learn a trade to better their lives. 

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Citi News Department of Gender Sub-Saharan Africa UNFPA Volta Region

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