Malindi, 12 October, 2020 / 10:45 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Malindi in partnership with Karibuni Onlus NGO has, on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child celebrations, launched a program that will see 500 girls from Kilifi County, a coastal town in the East African country, benefit from an array of interventions aimed at ending teenage pregnancies that are reportedly rife in the region.
In a report shared with ACI Africa Monday, October 12, the Coordinator of Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of Malindi Diocese that is behind the project, Moses Mpuria said that the project will involve developing content on the dangers of irresponsible sexual behaviors as well supplying sanitary towels to girls from the region’s impoverished backgrounds.
Referencing media reports that have indicated a rise in teenage pregnancies in the East African country during the COVID-19 lockdown and closure of school, the Diocese’s JPC Coordinator says that Kilifi County is most affected.
“Schools have been closed since March 2020, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and this has seen rampant increase in rates of teenage pregnancies as highlighted by mainstream media and the most recent Kenya Government Health Information Survey,” Mr. Mpuria says in the report.