Malawi teenage pregnancy rates rise over school closures: Over 7 000 are moms-to-be

Education authorities in Mangochi are baffled that 7, 274 teen age girls in the district have become pregnant since the school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Increasing number of teenage pregnancies among school going learners due to pandemic school closures

According to Youth Friendly Health Services Coordinator for the district Peter Malipa, the figure is higher by 1000 girls compared to girls who became pregnant similar period last year.

Malipa said 166 of the girls are aged between 10 to 14.

In Phalombe, 1000 girls are pregnant, in Mzimba 400 and in Nsanje 324 girls all during the covid-19 mandatory holiday.

Schools have remained closed since March 23 when government declared a National Disaster.

Officials at the ministry of Education said they are meeting stakeholders this week over the shocking revelations of the school girl pregnancies.

The Malawian government announced the closure of all schools on March 20, even before a single coronavirus case had been reported in the landlocked country.

However, over the past four months, infections have surged with a total of 3,664 cases registered so far, including 99 deaths.

Civil Society Coalition on Education director Benedicto Kondowe said the virus  pandemic has fundamentally changed the course of young women’s lives.

Kondowe said  increases in gender-based violence, exploitation and other forms of abuse against adolescent girls had also been noted.

In an interview with local radio station Capital Radio, the district education officer for Nsanje, Gleston Alindiamawo, said Monday that over 300 girls in the district were nursing unwanted pregnancies since schools closed.

Alindiamawo blamed parents and guardians for failing to provide proper guidance to their children during the period in which they have been out of school.

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3 years ago

Malawians are good in beds

Peter Bakali
Peter Bakali
3 years ago

Are the Girls to be Blamed Only? What about the Men/Boys who gave them these Pregencies
Does it not translate into Rape or Abuse of these Tennage Girls
We can not Blame Girls for this Men/Boys are more to be Blame as they do not take Responsibility of the Pregencies All those Men/Boys involved should be punished
Malawi has very weak Laws against Sex Crime and Rapes as in Malawi we see so many
Girls/Womens Abandone by Men After giving pregnanices these Men Run Away

Bandung Cincau
Bandung Cincau
3 years ago

Ana amasiku ano. At the age of 10-14 Ayamba kale chiwerewere? Ife nthawi Yatsu at that age we never thought of sex. Ma HIV wo ndiye bwa?

Emmanuel means God is With Us.

Malawi cannot develop at this rate to be honest. It is a country whereby people think of sex basi.

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