Big plans to tackle teenage pregnancy


OCTOBER 29, 2014 By Regina Pratt

National Coordinator of Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy has revealed that plans are in the pipeline to train adolescent girls to sensitize their peers on the dangers of teenage pregnancy and the Ebola virus.

Madam Patricia Bah, who was speaking to Concord Times last week at her Youyi Building office, said that youth from churches and mosques will form the sensitization team because schools are indefinitely closed.

“These youths will receive training on teenage pregnancy, Ebola, sexual-based violence, and provided with IEC materials,” she said.

She disclosed that a rapid assessment would be conducted to get firsthand information before embarking on community sensitization, radio and television discussions.

“There are no social amenities at the moment, so these girls are vulnerable to teenage pregnancy,” she averred, adding that the girls and women are more vulnerable to the Ebola virus.

She said the training would be conducted in the Western Area, Bo, Kenema and Makeni, while participants will be trained on how to influence their peers in changing their attitude and behaviour, with bill boards erected in each district.

Mrs. Bah said she will be working with Planned Parenthood Association, Health Poverty Action and Marie Stopes in the school and adolescent programme in advocacy for reduction in teenage pregnancy.