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6,482 teen pregnancies registered within Chikwawa

It has been revealed that 6,482 teen pregnancies were registered within Chikwawa District Health Office (DHO) catchment area in 2021 alone.

According to information that we have, Traditional Authorities Mulilima, Katunga, Kasisi, Maseya, and part of Lundu from the catchment area in question.

The facility also registered 5,633 teen pregnancies in 2020 and 5,495 teen pregnancies in 2019 from the same catchment area.

Chikwawa District Social Welfare Officer, Aaron Macheka revealed the development during the protection technical working group on Friday.

In his report, it shows, that there were 5 convicted perpetrators of the vice in the first quarter of 2022, with 12 in 2021, 32 in 2020, and 19 in 2019.

He has since called on various stakeholders in the district to join hands to protect children, especially the girl child saying failing this, there should be the expectation of long-term consequences for Violence Against Children (VAC).

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