Professionals Up Mentorship Efforts As Child Pregnancies In Laikipia North Rise

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Laikipia North women professionals are continuing with mentorship programme targeting teenage girls as data from local public health facilities show an alarming rise in child pregnancies in the region.
Data collected from local health facilities shows a worrying rise in pregnancies of girls between the ages of 10 to 19 years.
By June 2020, a record 678 pregnant girls, within this age bracket, attended antenatal clinic in various health facilities in Laikipia North. This should be a wake-up call to police and local administrators to take action against perpetrators who are robbing children of their innocence and their right to be children.
Sosian Ward has presented the highest pregnancies prevalence of 197 within the first six months of year 2020.
The voluntary mentorship efforts have been embraced on the ground with grassroots communities supporting it by helping mobilize the girls to attend the important mentorship meetings within the target communities.
On July 30, 2020, 100 girls of between 10 to 18 years were mentored in Chumvi and Doldol thanks to great mobilization by local leaders.
The volunteers mentored the girls on impacts of and how to overcome early marriages, avoiding early pregnancies, embracing and completing education, building self-esteem as well as creation of awareness and preventive measures on covid-19 for them and their families.
The team behind this initiative is included Dr Christine Lekurtut from County Government of Laikipia, Ms Ann Resiano and Ms Mary Amina, both teachers from Laikipia North, two nurses, Ms Josephine Basele and Ms Consolota Mosiany from the Department of Health, Ms Emily Lerosion and Ms Virginia Wahome, Director Amaya Triangle Initiative.

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