Girls fall to pandemic pregnancies as schools reopen

Teenage mothers with their babies in Teobia Village, Kole District, on November 16 last year. Thousands of school girls across the country will not return to school after getting pregnant or married during the Covid-19 lockdown. PHOTO | FILE

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  • Policy gaps. Child rights activists said Uganda has a vast number of laws, policies and programmes and if put in practice, they would effectively end child marriage.
  • Mr Gerald Baale, the Kamwenge senior probation and social welfare officer, noted that despite the many laws and policies in place, the country continues experiencing significant sexual and reproductive health challenges such as high cases of teenage pregnancy and early marriages in schools. This, he said, is due to poor implementation of the laws and policies. 
  • In Uganda, 10 per cent of girls in Uganda are married before 15 years while 40 per cent are married by the age of 18. Uganda is ranked 18th worldwide in regard to child marriage (UNICEF, 2016 statistics).

Thousands of school girls across the country will not return to school after getting pregnant or married during the Covid-19 lockdown.

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