Youth to government: Revisit our needs, fight teenage pregnancy

Minister recieves Pettion from young peopleHon: Sarah Opendi State Minister for Health recieves the pettion from youth on the Prime Minister’s behalf

CFYDDI school community youth led by Dorcus Nabanja a residence of Ndazabazadde village and a member of the SHARE club read the petition on behalf of the young people in Uganda and later joined by colleagues from various school SHARE clubs, and handed over  and received by Hon: Sarah Opendi on the Prime Minister’s behalf, was a call to government to initiate a joint fight by key government ministries against teenage pregnancies.

“The country loses about $1m to adolescent pregnancies. We would also be gaining about $15m as a country if all the teenage girls stayed in school and delayed pregnancy until about 20 years

With 78% of the country’s population under the age of 30 and 55% of that below 18, teenage pregnancies pose a major threat to Uganda’s development.

This was put across by Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, the Prime Minister in a speech read by Sarah Opendi the State Minister for Health (General Duties) at a National Youth Dialogue organised by the White Ribbon Alliance at the Imperial Royale on Tuesday.

“Teenage pregnancies make young girls drop out of school. This may mean an end to their journey to development and economic independence for the girls and their children,” the Prime Minister noted.

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Hon Sarah Opendi, State Minister for Health during a press conference. she attributed the high number of teenage pregnancies to the high addiction to alcohol and what she termed as “bad dressing” rallied all youth to focus and abstain from sex as much as possible and make use of contraceptives, which she described as a secondary option.

“You should use the contraceptives when you must,” she said.

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CFYDDI delegation remind you all to Act Now and end teenage pregnancy!

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CFYDDI Share club member Dorcus while reading the petition on behalf of all Ugandan Youth. we congratulate all the young people, Ugandans who appended their signatures, the white ribbon alliance Uganda chapter and African youth and adolescents network (AfriYAN) Uganda chapter for such a historical collaboration.

compiled by CFYDDI communications team.