Close to 500,000 adolescents aged 10-19 years presented with pregnancy at Health Facilities in Kenya in 2018 and the number is suspected to rise. This is a huge increase from the 378,397 reported in 2017. (SOURCE: Ministry of Health, Kenya).
The top 10 counties that recorded the highest rates of teenage pregnancies in 2018 were: Nairobi (27,635), Bungoma (21,220), Kilifi (17,866), Nakuru (18,583), Kakamega (16,989), Meru (16,048), Kiambu (14,994), Narok (15,251), Siaya (14,992) and Homa Bay (14,717).
Sauti Sasa is a youth-driven initiative by Y-ACT, Youth in Action and other partners that aims to reduce the alarming numbers of teenage pregnancies in the country.
What is it about?
Amplifying Youth Voices- it is about meaningful youth engagement and ensuring that the you (th) are part of the International Conference on Population Development. Young people in the global south represent the fastest growing, most strategically important, and yet underrepresented cohort in the world. More than any other demographic they are profoundly connected to the world and each other.
With over 60% of Africa’s population being under 30 years of age, youth have untapped potential in becoming crucial advocates and partners in accelerating the ICPD25 agenda.
A Guide for Improving Meaningful Youth Engagement (MYE) in Policy-Making in Kenya
Young People under the age of 35 make up 70% of the Kenyan population. However, too often their priorities are not reflected in government priorities, policies, and budgeting processes and outcomes. At a time when the importance of their role and potential for improving policies to meet their need is at its greatest, Kenyan youth have a huge opportunity to shift the country`s policy landscape.
Kenya`s County Governments Act in section 106 (4) obligates counties to provide for citizen participation that shall be done in a process that involves “ meaningful engagement of citizens ” (105(1-d). Thus, formulation, implementation and monitoring of youth policies should be consultative, participatory and transparent. However, youth are often not represented on decision-making or priority-setting bodies and, when they are , their engagement may not actively represent the full set of youth perspective desired.