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Globally the youth face high risk of complication and death resulting from child birth.
Every day, approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to child birth. 99% of all the maternal death occur in developing countries. Of these death, young adolescents face a higher risk of complications and death as a result of pregnancy than other women. http://www.who.int/mediacenter.
The Uganda Demographic Health Survey for 2016 reported a ratio of 438 maternal deaths per 100,000 live birth. Another survey indicated 368 maternal death per 100,000 live birth. This disparity is be due to unreported deaths that occur at home or at private facilities; regardless the data still shows that this is a major issue. Statistics also show that for every mother that dies in child labor, 6 mothers go with disabilities related to childbirth.
According to the UDHS, by the end of the 3rd quarter of 2016, 25% of adolescents ages 15-19 had already had babies, while 5% were pregnant, making 30% of teen pregnancy. Some of these pregnancies were a result of sexual violence and poverty forcing girls to drop out of school and get married.
A 14 year old with her 7 month old child
Teenage mothers attending an antenental clinic.
Young unskilled mothers produce many children, but are unable to take care of them.
A young Ms Birungi died in child birth.
This 22yr old started having babies at 17 years old. Here she is pregnant with her 5th child and has pre-eclampsia.
Keeping girls in school to delay teen marriage and pregnancy as a maternal mortality solution
According to UNSCO reports, Uganda has the highest rate of school drop out at 68%, of which girls make up the larger portion. These young girls are being forced out of schools by social economic issues, a lack of parental guidance, male abuse of power, and a lack of life skills. This leads them to a situation where starting a family is their only option. By keeping them in school, we can steer them away from early pregnancy.
With the youth accounting for 30% teen pregnancy in 2016, ARH intervention is to promote girls' education, using measures that keep them in school and delay pregnancy while giving their bodies time to mature. We target grade 5-7 girls in remote communities; empowering girls with sexual and reproductive health information, donating sanitary towels and teaching how to make their own. ARH donates single solar lights to enable those without lighting system to read.
By helping us raise $5,000, you can help us promote girls' education and curb maternal dealth rates.
By donating to this cause, you will help promote girls' education, and prevent teen marriage and pregnancy, thus curbing maternal death. Your donation will supply 180 girls with lights to enable them to read and compete for higher education. Each solar light costs $20. About 300 girls will be given sanitary towels. Each pack costs $2.06. The remaining $782, will be used to organize classes on Sexual Reproductive Health, and how to make sanitary towels, in all 6 schools.
66%-To be used to buy lights
19%- to buy teaching materials
15%-To buy sanitary towels
This displays the maximum incremental additional funding the campaign could receive (Maximum Funding Amount (MFA) less Minimum Funding Goal)). For example, if the MFA is $100,000 and the MFG $10,000, it would show the difference of $90,000 here.
79%-To be used to buy lights
9%-To buy sanitary towels
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