UNICEF Guyana and women across differences

Working together to address adolescent pregnancy in Region 9

29 October 2018

Working together to address Adolescent Pregnancy in Region 9

Georgetown, Guyana, September 13th , 2018 – The adolescent birth rate in the Takatu-Upper Essequibo region (the 9th administrative region of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana),is at 6.5%, almost twice the national average; based on the findings of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), conducted in 2014.

It is against this backdrop and in accordance with the 2017-2021 Country Programme Document (CPD), that UNICEF has prioritized cross-sectoral initiatives, to strengthen capacity at the regional and community levels to address challenges including adolescent pregnancy and to ensure the realization of the rights of children.

Women Across Differences (WAD) will work with UNICEF in all the sub regions of Region 9 to implement the Comprehensive Empowerment Programme for the Prevention and Reduction of Adolescent Pregnancy in order to prevent and reduce pregnancy (including 2nd pregnancies) among adolescents in that region. It is envisaged that this project will complement the impact that is already existing from previous projects implemented by UNICEF and other stakeholders.

Women Across Differences (WAD) is a non-governmental organization which enables women and girls to empower themselves through access to social and economic resources. WAD has vast experiences working with adolescent mothers for over the past ten (10) years and provides a forum for women and girls that encourages them to improve their communities and make their collective voices heard in the area of public policy.

(WAD) with support from UNICEF will, over the next eighteen months, seek to further the realization of a region with significantly reduced incidences of adolescent pregnancies.  This will be achieved through addressing Adolescent Pregnancy and providing life-skills support, livelihood skills guidance, referrals and provide access to quality of services.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Education. Ministry of Indigenous Affairs and the Ministry of Social Protection, WAD will utilize a three-prong approach- i.e.- !(1)Prevention of adolescent pregnancy- (2) Prevention of 2nd pregnancy and (3) Life and livelihood skills for the adolescent pregnant mother. WAD will ensure that persons are trained at the sub-regional level to prevent and address adolescent pregnancy.

WAD and UNICEF signed an agreement on the 24th August, 2018 for an amount of $GYD 6,805,000
 

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UNICEF Guyana and Suriname
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