Ten Year Old Girls In Kenya Are Being Put On Contraceptives

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Sad but true, more and more young girls in kenya ranging from the age of 10 to 15 are being made to take contraceptives by their parents to avoid being pregnant.

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This new trend follows the increase in pregnancy rates across the country. According to BBC Africa, one in five girls between the age of 15 and 19 are pregnant or already have a child; and, 10% of the girls who visit health centres for contraceptives are below the age of 14.

 

The highest rates in the country can be found in Kwale County near the coast where the girls also drop out of school once they are discovered to be pregnant. According to health workers in the area, the girls are not worried about contracting HIV or sexually transmitted infections and are only worried about getting pregnant.

 

What is more worrisome is the fact that proposals to introduce sex education in schools have been harshly criticized by both political leaders and religious leaders.

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