The ministry’s five year Recovery Plan he said, would be implementing in phases with the first phase 6-9 months Early Recovery Plan focusing on restoring all essential health services.
The Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs and Co-Chair, Alhaji Moijue Kaikai appealed to stakeholders to show more commitment in dealing with the issue of teenage pregnancy by working in close collaboration with the government for the purpose of transparency and accountability.
Giving an update from the National Secretariat, the Acting Programme Manager, School and Adolescent Health and National Coordinator for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy, Sister Rugiatu Kanu gave an update on key activities implemented from January to November 2015, and shared the activity action plans for the fourth quarter of 2015, and advocated for collective efforts in the implementation of the strategy.
She reminded the audience that the Strategy by the end of 2015 intends to reduce the adolescent fertility rate from 122/1000 to 110/1000. The number of girls who had a birth before age 19, she maintained, estimated to have reduced from 34 percent to 30 percent.
Other highlight of the meeting includes the acquisition of State Lands for the construction of Adolescent Friendly Centres in the Western area and Bombali district.