Ministry of Health has expressed worry over the increase in teen pregnancies despite having more organisations on the ground working to address the problem.
Chief quality management officer for the Quality Management Directorate in the Ministry of Health Dr Owen Musopole said this during the launch of Alliance Week for Sexual Reproductive Health rights in Malawi held in Mangochi on Tuesday.
According to Dr. Musopole the research done by Malawi Demographic Survey shows that since 2010 there has been an increase increase in teen pregnancies from 10% to 16% in the country though many organisations registered to curb the problem.
“As Malawi we need to see the impact on the ground, people have put trust in you as health services providers so let us work effectively in addressing such challenges,” Musopole said.
He also commended the Alliance’s Get Up Speak Out (Guso) Project for reaching hard-to-reach areas where the government is failing to manage, saying this has really improved the life of youths in those areas.
He therefore asked the Alliance to scale up to other areas in the Central and Northern Regions as they are currently found in Chikwawa and Mangochi.
National Programme Coordinator for the Alliance Hastings Saka concurred with Musopole and said they are aware of the high number of teen pregnancies in the country.
“Our programmes at times are facing some issues like cultural practices and some other churches which do not allow young people to take family planning services and this is greatly affecting us,” said Saka.
He then gave an assurance that the alliance will continue working hand-in-hand with government with the aim of ending teen pregnancies and other sexual health problems in the country.
The Alliance comprises Centre for Alternatives for Victimized Women and Children (CAVWOC), Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Centre for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education (CYECE), Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM), Youth Net and Counseling (YONECO) and Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS (COWLHA).