Having sex in a swimming pool and drinking hot water are examples of contraceptive methods that some teenage Kenyan girls believe will work.
Their answers, writes Jane Otai, community health educator with Jhpiego, reflect the dire need to better understand what drives pregnancy among adolescents and come up with targeted interventions. In Kenya, the rate of contraceptive use is lowest among women ages 15-19, and 15% of them have already given birth.
“One avenue of opportunity is in the classroom,” she says. “When I meet with girls in Nairobi, I find they are hungry for the knowledge and skills that will lead to a bright future.”
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