In Sierra Leone, Ebola Meant More Babies

As Sierra Leone was in the throes of the 2014 Ebola crisis, there was an alarming uptick in adolescent pregnancies.
The number of 15-19-year-old girls who were pregnant or already mothers more than doubled from 30% to 65%. Myriad factors contributed: Quarantined Ebola orphans were left vulnerabe to sexual abuse; with schools shut down, more girls were engaging in sex work; the contagion also spurred fear around health generally—not to mention the stubborn stigma surrounding family planning.
But since the outbreak, the popularity of community dialogue sessions are shifting the stigma around contraception by focusing not just on young women—but men, too.

Related: Not All That Bleeds is Ebola – how the DRC outbreak impacts reproductive health – International Rescue Committee

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