END OF SUMMER NEWSLETTER: SUPPORTING THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF YOUNG MOTHERS

In Uganda, one in five of adolescents age 15 to 19 are mothers. Tragically, we have seen young girls as young as eleven present to our health centers and hospitals. Many of these young women find themselves in forced marriages or are rape victims. Despite this high rate of adolescent pregnancy, the Ugandan Ministry of Health reports that only 5% of public facilities in the country have Youth Friendly Sexual and Reproductive Health Services and until we launched our Mama Ambassadors Program the Rakai and Kyotera Districts provided no such services.