Karabo Mokoena
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25 Aug 2020
12:00 pm

Teenage pregnancy increases by 40% in Kenya during lockdown

Karabo Mokoena

Sexual health care has been difficult to access for millions of Kenyan girls.

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In June 2019, Kakuma refugee camp recorded eight cases of teenage pregnancies. In 2020, they recorded 62. Girls in refugee camps are hit the hardest.

Kenya is currently going through a sexual reproductive health crisis, where the focus has been redirected to managing Covid-19. Resources have, therefore, been moved from other areas of health, like reproduction.

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The United Nations Population Fund warned that 47 million low-income women are at risk of not receiving modern contraceptives, which may result in 1 million unintended pregnancies.

According to Dr Manisha Kumar, head of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) task force on safe abortion care: “The collateral damage of taking that kind of approach is when we shut down these routine services, we saw an increase in maternal and child death, from preventative causes.”

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