Monica Amoding, the National Youth MP noted that during the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, President Yoweri Museveni pledged to provide an additional 5m US dollars about 12.7billion Shillings for reproductive health services.
Youth Representatives in Parliament are seeking additional 12.7billion Shillings towards Reproductive Health Supplies to address teenage pregnancies. They are Evelyn Anite, the Northern Youth MP, Monica Amoding, the National Youth MP and Eastern Youth MP Peter Ogwang.
The MPs made the call this afternoon in a press conference on Teenage Pregnancies under the Uganda Parliamentary Forum. Monica Amoding, the National Youth MP noted that during the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, President Yoweri Museveni pledged to provide an additional 5m US dollars about 12.7billion Shillings for reproductive health services.
But to date he has not fulfilled the pledge. She appealed to government to allocate the additional funding saying the rate of teenage pregnancies across the country is alarming and needs immediate intervention. She also urged government and other stakeholders to embark on robust sensitization campaigns against teenage pregnancies and create awareness among girls, parents and boys about the dangers of teenage pregnancies.
The MPs want the sensitization to include promotion of usage and access to contraceptives by adolescents. They warned that Uganda risks to fall back on millennium goal number 5, which seeks to reduced maternal mortality unless teenage pregnancies are given due attention.
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Evelyn Anite, the Northern Uganda Youth MP noted that should the rate of teenage pregnancies counties unabated, the country risks having uneducated mothers since they drop out of school due to teenage pregnancies.
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In their Statement, the MPs also cited the need to involve local leaders by encouraging them to pass by laws which deal directly with parents who force their girls into early marriages.