In Summary
  • Counties with the highest burden of teenage pregnancies and motherhood Narok, Homa Bay, West Pokot, Tana River and Nyamira.

  • Murang'a, Nyeri and Embu counties have the lowest burden of teenage pregnancies.

Some 378,397 adolescent girls in Kenya aged between 10 and 19 years became pregnant between July 2016 and June this year.

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a total of 28,932 girls aged between 10 and 14 years were impregnated, while 349,465 girls were between 15 to 19 years.

BURDEN

Counties with the highest burden of teenage pregnancies include Narok, in which 40 per cent of its teenagers became pregnant. It is followed by Homa Bay at 33 per cent, West Pokot 29 per cent, Tana River 28 per cent, Nyamira 28 per cent, Samburu 26 per cent, while Migori and Kwale both stand at 24 per cent.

Counties presenting the lowest burden include Murang'a, where only six per cent of teenagers became pregnant during the period. Nyeri was at seven per cent, and Embu at eight per cent.

UNFPA programme officer Kigen Korir said the early pregnancies are a burden on the country.

In Coast, Tana River, Kwale and Kilifi counties have the highest prevalence rate of teenage pregnancies.

MEASURES

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