Coast civil society groups want extensive distribution of adolescent friendly services at grassroots to deliver sexual reproductive health services to mitigate teenage pregnancies.
Teenage pregnancies are rampant at the Coast and the non governmental agencies say it’s one of the bold steps to allow youth make decisions on their adolescent and sexual reproductive health.
According to Sexual reproductive health officer from the Dream Achievers Youth Organisation Gaitano Muganda Ndalo, says lack of sexual reproductive education among the youth has greatly contributed to spread of HIV and early pregnancies.
“Majority of youth cannot access sexual reproductive health services at our health centers that’s why we are calling for the distribution of youth friendly centers where youths can get sexual reproductive information, “said Gaitano.
The organisations Pwani Youth network,German world population DSW and Safe Community Youth Initiative have embarked on a local advocacy campaigns on Adolescent and sexual reproductive health targeting Coastal youth.
Pwani Youth Network, Dream Achievers Youths Organisation and Safe community Youth Initiative are implementing the advocacy project through the funding from German world population DSW .
Pwani Youth Network field officer Keziah Oloo challenged county governments to increase funding reproductive health activities in the region where majority of underage have fallen prey to early unwanted pregnancies.
Adolescents are at an increased risk of HIV with 29 per cent of all new infections being among young people aged between 15 and 24 years at the coast.
Speaking during a forum organised by Safe community organization at Kilifi, Kilifi County director of gender and youth affairs Mwang’ombe Shumaa said the county government was contemplating making amendments to the Gender policy to allow youth make decisions on sexual reproduction.
“We want to give youth equal opportunities, we want to infuse changes that will strengthen advocacy on sexual and reproductive health among the youth. We need to enable them access family planning services,” noted Mwangombe.