Adolescent and youth friendly consultations to reduce early teenage pregnancies in Changara

Last month the ‘Access Without Barriers’ project trained 40 health providers in sexual and reproductive health and interpersonal communication with young people in the districts of Changara and Tsangano, in Tete Province (Mozambique). 

Vitória Mubai, project officer of the ‘Access Without Barriers’ project

The Changara district registers, on average, 14 cases of early teenage pregnancy per day. Last year alone, at least 5,365 girls aged 10 to 24 had their first prenatal consultation at the SAAJ (adolescent and youth friendly consultation). Because of the growing concern related to early pregnancies the districts are unfolding strategies to reverse this scenario.

ICRH Mozambique is revitalizing the SAAJ consultation and providing health information in schools. We trained health providers to increase knowledge about sexual and reproductive health, also focusing on interpersonal communication, health and menstrual hygiene and safe abortion.