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Awareness and prevention of teenage pregnancy amongst secondary school and high school students in the Tiko health district
Gabriel Elonge Silva Ebanja, University of Buea, Cameroon

Abstract

Teenage pregnancy is a common public health problem with worldwide estimates of 16 million teenage births yearly. It is one of the major causes of maternal and neonatal mortality worldwide with the majority of the cases seen in the low and middle income settings. Sub-Saharan Africa had the highest prevalence of teenage pregnancy in the world in 2013. Births to teenage mothers accounted for more than half of all the births in this region. In Cameroon, we recorded the highest fertility rate amongst teenagers in the entire Central African region. 


There have been studies on assessing awareness on pregnancy prevention amongst university students but not much data on accessing the awareness of secondary school and high school students about pregnancy prevention and sexuality. This relative lack of data is particularly the case in rural settings in Cameroon. 


The aim of this study is to explore the level of awareness and prevention of teenage pregnancy amongst secondary school and high school students in the Tiko health district.

Keywords: Awareness, prevention, Sexuality Education, Teenage Pregnancy, teenagers.

Author: Gabriel Elonge Silva Ebanja
Study Country: Cameroon
Affiliated Institution: University of Buea
Study Type: Undergraduate Research
State Of Research: Ongoing