It was a mammoth crowd of stakeholders that cut across traditional rulers, religious leaders and faith-based leaders, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations, development partners from all walks of life including opinion leaders who gathered together to show their support to this issue – teenage pregnancies – affecting the very fabric of African society.

Globally, it is estimated that 14 million adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 years give birth; one third of young women in developing countries  give birth before the age 20 (UNFPA, 2012) estimation. Regionally, the adolescent child bearing is most prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa, more than 50 per cent of adolescent girls give birth by age 20 (WHO 2010) statistics.

In Sierra Leone, therefore, early child bearing and teenage pregnancy is one of the more pervasive problems affecting the health, social, economic and political progress and empowerment of women and girls.

It was a mammoth crowd of stakeholders that cut across traditional rulers, religious leaders and faith-based leaders, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations, development partners from all walks of life including opinion leaders who gathered together to show their support to this issue – teenage pregnancies – affecting the very fabric of African society.

Globally, it is estimated that 14 million adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 years give birth; one third of young women in developing countries  give birth before the age 20 (UNFPA, 2012) estimation. Regionally, the adolescent child bearing is most prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa, more than 50 per cent of adolescent girls give birth by age 20 (WHO 2010) statistics.

In Sierra Leone, therefore, early child bearing and teenage pregnancy is one of the more pervasive problems affecting the health, social, economic and political progress and empowerment of women and girls.

 http://leadership.ng/news/300513/strategy-reduction-teenage-pregnancies-sierra-leon

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