Quote of the week

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by Cynthia Vukets on December 7, 2009

“It’s a national outrage that we should invest in education and then not be able to get the returns because of something that is so easily preventable by talking, providing information and linking young people with services.”

         – Rosemary Muganda-Onyando, director of Kenya’s Centre for the Study of Adolescence.

Rosemary and I met to talk about teen pregnancy. It affects about 25% of girls under the age of 19 and is the cause of over a third of school drops outs. The government is planning to introduce a policy that would have each secondary school girl take two pregnancy tests per year in order to “reduce” the teen pregnancy rate.

Rosemary went on to say that perhaps testing for pregnancy is leaving things a little late.