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UNFPA, P4DP to cut back Liberia’s 31% teenage pregnancy

Jos Garneo Cephas-Development Journalist
Participating  social workers and some staff of P4DP
Participating social workers and some staff of P4DP

MONROVIA-LIBERIA- United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in partnership with Platform for Dialogue and Peace (P4DP) undertakes a study on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) to reduce high teenage pregnancy which stands at 31 per cent in Liberia gets under way.

UNFPA’s International Specialist for Adolescent Health and Gender, Mr. Brian Kiroade said: “The rate of teenage pregnancy should be a  concern for all Liberians when one girl child, out of every three girls getting pregnant before she becomes 19,  what  will happen to that population’s future, contribution and  their contribution to the development of Liberia”.

Mr. Kiroade pointed out that information collated from the baseline survey by the field numerators will help to find solution to some of the heightening causes of teenage pregnancy in the country.

The sexual reproductive health baseline project  being funded by the Swedish Government, through SIDA, is a national intervention to increase access and utilization of family planning services to young people of age (10-19) years with a goal to drastically cut down teenage pregnancy.

Liberia’s demographic survey of 2013 puts teenage pregnancy rate to 31%. The implementing partner, Platform for Dialogue and Peace, is a research and Peacebuilding Liberian NGO.

P4DP on April 18-19, 2017, completed a two day intensive training of cross section of staff and potential candidates, with 14 qualified enumerators who will be charged with the responsibility to conduct community mapping exercises in 12 districts and 20 communities in four South eastern Counties, namely Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, River Gee and Maryland Counties.

The Executive Director of P4DP, James Shilue, underscored the important role youth play in national development. He therefore challenged the participants with the responsibility to remain objective and unbiased in the discharge of their duties in the field.

Mr.  Shilue, said: “A well empowered youthful population is a key ingredient for peace, economic growth, and industrialization, while improved access to SRH and family planning information and services is essential for the achievement of Goal three of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

P4DP was selected following a national bidding project and based on UNFPA‘s principle of promoting local ownership through its capacity building pillar. 

UNFPA begun working in Liberia since 1979 and continues to deliver better emergency obstetric and newborn care, to prevent and treat obstetric fistula and manage reliable supplies of modern contraceptives, and stop gender based-violence.

However, the UN organization slightly adjusted its mission since the war ended in 2003 and now focuses more on problem faced by young people, including early marriage and teen age pregnancy.

The project with P4DP will help generate baseline data as to the factors causing high teen age pregnancy in selected counties.
 

 


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