Hoima grapples with teenage pregnancy

Expectant mothers, including teenagers, wait for antenatal services at Kabaale health centre III in Hoima District recently. PHOTO by Francis Mugerwa.

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Research shows that in sub-Saharan Africa, child pregnancy has spelt doom for adolescent mothers, who are forced to drop out of school. This is a reality that stakeholders in Hoima District cannot hide from.

Martha* was a mathematics wiz working towards attaining a first grade when she conceived. The 15-year-old former pupil at Kabaale Primary School in Buseruka Sub-county, Hoima District, had ambitions of becoming a medical doctor.
However, every passing day, these dreams remain just that because a premarital affair she had with a fellow teenager is having far-reaching implications on her future.
She was forced out of school and the affair has cast a shadow over her career ambitions.
“I developed a relationship with a boy who impregnated me,” she says tearfully, while recounting events that forced her to drop out of school after she conceived.
When she conceived, her parents chased her from home, which forced her to seek refuge at her boyfriend’s home.
This did not stop her from pleading with her parents to forgive her, which they apparently reluctantly did.


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