Freetown, Nov. 16, 015 (MOHS) – Forty-two participants including Monitoring and Evaluation Officers (M&E Officers) and Data Clerks drawn from the District Health Management Teams (DHMTs) ended a one-day orientation on Data Collection Form at the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) hall in Freetown.
The workshop which aimed at regulating the health facility monthly summary reporting form for Adolescent services was organized by the National Secretariat for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy with support from UNFPA.
The Coordinator, National Secretariat for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy and Acting Manager, School and Adolescent Health Programme, Sister Rugiatu Kanu said since the establishment of the Secretariat in 2013 there was no proper data base established for teenage pregnancy and the Adolescent Health Programme to show case the services provided to the Adolescent and teenagers in Sierra Leone.
“Without proper data base, it is very difficult for the Ministry of Health to show case to UN agencies and donors what we are doing at districts level or in various facilities providing service for this particular target groups”, opined Sis. Rugiatu Kanu.
She informed participants that one fourth of school drop-out rate is due to teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone, meaning that if 500 girls started schooling this year, 300 will drop out due to teenage pregnancy.
She disclosed that in Sierra Leone, early child bearing and teenage pregnancy is one of the most pervasive problems affecting the health, social, economic and political progress and empowerment of women and girls.
The Demographic Health Survey 2008 she said, states that 34 percent of all pregnancies occur among teenage girls, adding that the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2010 states that 26 percent of women age 15-19 have already had a birth.
Sister Rugiatu Kanu informed her audience that 40 percent maternal deaths occur as a result of teenage pregnancy, adding that the UNICEF Survey of 2008 states that the untimely pregnancy of young girls is ranked as the third most common reason for them dropping out of school.
Giving the objective of the workshop, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Tamba Ngegba said the orientation is to introduce a new data collection form as extract from existing Human Management Information System (HMIS) forms adding that it is also aimed at providing the basis for effective and efficient ways to obtain data for the months of January to December 2015.
Highlight of the orientation include presentations on Human Management Information System and data collection, National Secretariat for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy data collection tool, Human Management Information System and National Secretariat for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy tool, Data base information on teenage school girls, discussion and the way forward climaxed the event.