PRESS RELEASE 13/09/2020
Child pregnancies kills – TAMWA ZNZ
The problem can be only addressed by joint efforts among community members including religious leaders, politicians, women's activists to come up with a specific plan to educate the community on the effects of childbirth at an early age.
TAMWA ZNZ has recently received shocking reports of a child under the age of 15 being raped, became pregnant and eventually lost her life during birth.
According to reports from the victim’s parent, the incident took place in Wete district, Pemba North region and the victim died on June 25, 2020.
TAMWA ZNZ has conducted a survey on the effects of child
pregnancies and found a plethora of problems including physical and psychological trauma as well as
the loss of life.
"Giving birth under the age of 18 is life-threatening for both mother and baby because the pelvic of a child under the age of 18 are not matured enough to push the baby, so it puts the parent at risk of getting fistula, or the parent loses life or some illnesses, says Dr. Kamilia.
Dr. Kamilia said health experts recommend giving birth at least 20 to 22
She recommends that if child pregnancy problem arises in a child, it is best to refer to a clinic as early as possible so that health professionals could keep her safe for the life of mother and child.
On the other hands, a psychologist from Zanzibar School of Health, Ms Asya Saleh Abdullatif, said child pregnancies lead to mental congestion that can lead to unnecessary fainting’s or mental illness.
Ms. Asya also said that child pregnancies lead to frequent outbursts where the carrier may commit a terrible mistake against her or someone else which could cause harm.
TAMWA ZNZ has identified child pregnancies in four areas – either being raped, forced marriage, child marriage or sexual inducement.
The Ministry of Education and Vocational Training Zanzibar has identified a total of 88 incidences of child pregnancies and 50 child marriages in the past three years.
Therefore, statistics in terms of education are often obtained after children drop out of school due to pregnancy or marriage.
It is also possible that there are other girls in the
community who dropped out of school in the past or did not go to school before
and their information was not recorded.
Dkt. Mzuri Issa
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