Policy Steering Committee meeting on Ending Teenage Pregnancy
Policy Steering Committee Meeting on Ending Teenage Pregnancy in Kenya took place on Wednesday, 22nd February, 2023 at a Nairobi Hotel, under the chairmanship of Mr. James Muhati, Principal Secretary for State Department for Economic Planning. Teenage pregnancy may signal an end to a girl’s education thus eroding all prospects of competitively participating in skilled labor and earning a decent livelihood.
15% of teenagers aged 15 – 19 years have begun motherhood according to the findings of the 2022 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS). This is a decline from 18% reported in 2014. 50% of teenagers age 15-19 in Samburu County have begun child bearing compared to 5% in Nyeri County
The Government is committed to ending teenage pregnancy by 2030 through the use of innovation and technology that will ensure adolescents and youth attain the highest possible standards of health. Among measurements the government and stakeholders have undertaken to address teenage pregnancy include establishment of the National Policy Steering Committee, National Technical Working Group, County Steering and Technical Working Group, Parents Teachers Network.
The government and stakeholders have also launched the Triple Threat Campaigns to address the teenage pregnancy, New HIV Infections and Gender Based Domestic Violence and
James Muhati, Principal Secretary for State Department for Economic Planning, chairing the Policy Steering Committee Meeting on Ending Teenage Pregnancy in Kenya, as Dr. Josephine Mburu, Principal Secretary, State Dept. of Health Standards and professional Management, listens on.
Dr. Mohamed A. Sheikh, Director General NCPD (On the left) hosted the PSs and their representatives at a meeting to discuss Ending Teenage Pregnancy and development of the National Action Plan on Adolescent Health
DG Dr. Mohamed A. Sheikh and PS, James Muhati in consultation during the meeting
The DG, PSs and PSs representatives in a group photo