Mmoho Media Workshop, Johannesburg

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Ibis Reproductive Health, in partnership with Community Media Trust, had their first media workshop on the 10th of March 2016 in Johannesburg. This media workshop was an opportunity to give adolescents and young people a chance to share their views and personal stories with the media about how their day to day lives are affected by teenage pregnancy and accompanying issues and how these very topics are so poorly portrayed in the media.

Teenagers are at very high risk of dying in childbirth and South Africa has one of the highest childbirth death rates in the world– far higher than poorer African countries such as Equatorial Guinea.

Continue reading: Teen childbirth shock by Katharine Child, Times Live, 11 March 2016

A strong minded-teenage mother, Welma Mukuba, who is now 21, told Sowetan of her struggles when she was a teenage mother in her matric year. 

Continue reading: Teenage moms shamed by healthworkers and teachers by Youlendree Appasamy, Sowetan Live, 11 March 2016

While the overall incidence of teenage pregnancy is on the decline in South Africa, it remains a serious problem, affecting maternal and child health outcomes at an individual level while posing a significant burden to health systems at a district and national level, according to Prof Priscilla Reddy.

Continue reading: Teen pregnancy still a major concern by Lillian Selapisa, The New Age, 10 March 2016

A teenager can choose to not engage in unprotected sex, not to engage sexually at an early age and also not abuse substances.

Continue reading: Teenage pregnancy in the spotlight with Mmoho Campaign by Belinda Pheto, Rosebank Killarney Gazette, 14 March 2016

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