Minister of Health and Population, Atupele Muluzi said there has been a sharp rise in teenage pregnancies, recording a 29 percent increase by 2016 from 26 percent in 2010.
During a Private Sector Engagement breakfast in Lilongwe themed “Engage, Excite and Empower”, Muluzi said the youth cannot secure their future if this trend continues as this remains one of the biggest factors that lead to school dropouts.
“We continue being affected with teen pregnancies in the country and this is one of the reasons why we don’t find many girls finishing their secondary school education. We want to make sure that we do away with teen pregnancies and child marriages,” said Muluzi.
He however said one of the mechanisms as a country to put to an end to teen pregnancies is the introduction of Youth Friendly Health Services Strategy (YFHS) to indulge them in discussions and plans on how best they can build and secure their future both physically and health-wise.
Muluzi said this mechanism has already proved viable and fruitful as it has tailor-made information to suit all audiences and increase awareness on how best teenage pregnancies and early marriages can be avoided.
Malawi Mission Director for United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Lit Tazewell said good health is an indicator on how well a young person is and determines how far one can go in his or her own development.