Reversing Teenage pregnancy in selected Sites in Western Kenya

Keeping Girls in School

Centre for the Study of Adolescence (KE) A Project of C | KBFUS Funds

Centre for the Study of Adolescence, CSA was founded in 1998 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization. CSA has since been implementing projects in the adolescent sexual and reproductive health field including HIV/AIDS. The mission of CSA is to promote the health and development of young people through research, technical assistance, advocacy and capacity building while expanding choices and access to safe, affordable and sustainable services.

CSA is registered as non Governmental organization governed by a Board made up of seven members with the CSA Executive Director as an ex-official. The board makes policy, gives technical assistance and appoints the Executive Director. Currently, CSA has a strong team of 30 staff with diverse backgrounds; the main office is in Nairobi and three satellite offices in Kisumu, Homa-bay and Bungoma Counties in Western Kenya.

Why we are Raising Money!

Globally, adolescents constitute two thirds of the total population. This huge proportion of the world is growing up quite quickly with many unique reproductive health needs and challenges such as HIV/AIDS and teenage pregnancy. In Kenya, about 103 in every 1000 pregnancies occur in adolescent girls aged 15-19 years, an indicator of unprotected sex and low contraception use. This early pregnancy may adversely affect not only her health, but also increases an adolescent mother's economic and emotional dependency. It is associated with school dropout and decreased access to economic opportunities and resources. Mt Elgon Sub County in western Kenya has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy where in 2014 alone, 250 girls dropped out of school due to teen pregnancy.

Immediate consequences include high school drop-out rates and low retention rates. Teenage pregnancy has been cited as one of the leading causes of school dropout rates among Kenyan girls (Muganda et al, 2008, PRB, 2015). Other consequences include high maternal and infant mortality rates; reduced economic enhancement of the individual, STI transmission to the adolescent including HIV among others.

CSA proposes an innovative 12 months youth for youth intervention that promotes retention of girls in schools, advocates for the implementation of the "return to school" policy and accelerates access to sexual and reproductive health education including linkages and access to reproductive health services. This project will benefit 30 schools reaching about 15000 primary and secondary school children, over 200 teachers, 100 education officials and 500 community members. It seeks 50,000 USD

*The video used is property of Royal Media Services, Citizen Television. All intellectual property on the piece belong to them. Centre for the Study of Adolescence only uses it as a media piece to show evidence of how the problem of teenage pregnancy is a major issue in Mt.Elgon, Bungoma County, Kenya.

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