Motion for a Resolution of Parliament to Stop Teenage Pregnancies in Uganda

Motion for a Resolution of Parliament to Stop Teenage Pregnancies in Uganda

Filename Motion-for-a-Resolution-of-Parliament-Urging-Government-to-Establish-and-Implement-Policies-and-Strengthen-Existing-Laws-to-Stop-Teenage-Pregnancies-in-Uganda.pdf
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The motion for a resolution of parliament urging the government of Uganda to establish and implement policies and strengthen existing laws to stop teenage pregnaciens in Uganda was moved by Dr. Bukenya Micheal Iga the Member of Parliament representing Bukuya County and Chairperson Committee on Health together with Hon. Spellanza Baguma (District Woman Representative Kyenjojo) and Hon. Robinah Sentongo (District Woman Representative Kyotera).

Uganda’s population has drastically grown from 34.6 million in 2014, to an estimated 40 million thus an annual growth rote of 3% which reflects a high fertility rate of 5.4 and one of the contributing factors is teenage pregnancy which according to the Ministry of Health statistics increased from 24% in 2011 to 25% in 201 6 among women aged 15-19 years.

More than 600,000 teenagers become pregnant annually with 3 in 10 teenagers becoming pregnant before they reach 20 years of age, 10%-40% of young girls having unintended pregnancy and over 300,000 babies born in Uganda to adolescent aged 15-19 years.

Teenagers in rural areas are more likely to have started childbearing (27% of women aged 15-19 years) than those in urban areas (19%): for instance 45% of uneducated girls have a child before their 18th birthday, compared to 16% of girls who have attained secondary education.