Welcome to the Community of Practice on From Policy and Evidence to Action Counties Perspectives on Teenage Pregnancy in Kenya. Communities of Practice (COPs) are forums for discussing key issues on selected themes, with the aim of providing alternative perspectives that contribute solutions to existing issues, challenges, dilemmas or questions that affect women, men, girls, boys, institutions, sectors, regions and society at large. They have the potential to generate and share existing but mostly not-yet-documented knowledge in order to help people improve their practice by providing a forum to identify solutions to common/shared problems and a process to collect and evaluate best practices.
This third COP on From Policy and Evidence to Action Counties Perspectives on Teenage Pregnancy in Kenya is convened by Health and Gender Committees of the Council of Governors.
PURPOSE AND JUSTIFICATION OF THE COP
The purpose of this CoP is to bring together stakeholders in the field of adolescent and youth development to discuss the sticking problem of teenage pregnancy in Kenya and propose solutions that can be implemented at the County level to arrest the worrying trend.
Pregnancy and childbirth complications are the leading cause of death among girls aged 1519 years globally, with low- and middle-income countries accounting for 99% of global maternal deaths (WHO, 2016); the outcomes are even worse among early adolescent girls (10-14 years). Additionally, some 3.9 million unsafe abortions among girls aged 1519 years occur each year, contributing to maternal mortality, morbidity, and lasting health problems ( Guttmacher Institute; 2016).
Social consequences for unmarried pregnant adolescents may include stigma, rejection, or violence by partners, parents, and peers. Girls who become pregnant before the age of 18 years are more likely to experience violence within a marriage or partnership (WHO, 2020). Adolescent pregnancy and child-bearing often lead girls to drop out of school and jeopardizes the future of education and employment opportunities creating a vicious cycle of poverty.
THE SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES ARE TO
1. Establish the barriers in implementation of the existing laws, policies, standards, and guidelines in addressing the problem of teenage pregnancy in Kenya.
2. Document the best practices (for adoption and scale up) from counties in addressing teenage pregnancy crisis in Kenya.
3. Develop recommendations for high impact interventions/actions that are tailored to all stakeholders to address the teenage pregnancy crisis in Kenya.
1. A multi-sectoral position paper on addressing teenage pregnancy in Kenya
2. Documented best practices for addressing teenage pregnancy in Kenya