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    Thursday, 24 October 2019

    First Lady launches national EUP programme


    NKULUMANI MLAMBO
    MAZOWE-The First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa will today (Thursday) in Epworth officially launch the Early Unintended Pregnancy (EUP) programme which is meant to reduce pregnancies among adolescents in the country.
    The program is spearheaded by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) which organised a workshop for print and broadcast media on EUP at Mazowe Hotel which ran from Monday to Thursday.
    “The First Lady is going to launch the EUP program in Zimbabwe at Makomo Primary School in Epworth and in attendance will be the Minister of Health and Child Care, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, the Minister of Women Affairs, Minister of State for Harare, SIDA, United Nations agencies, civil societies, traditional leaders and religious leaders,” said Masimba Nyamucheta, Unesco programmes officer.
    According to studies carried out in the country between 2015 and 2018 it was found that the EUP prevalence rate was at 16.8% of adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 with Mashonaland East Province topping the list at 28%, said Nyamucheta during the workshop.
    The programme will be rolled out with local partners bankrolled by Unesco in all the country’s 10 provinces.
    “The programme will run from October 2019 to December 2020 and we hope to have covered the targeted groups especially the schools, churches and traditional leaders in the rural areas where unintended pregnancies is more prevalent. The programme also aims to educate communities on the need to allow girls to realise their potential without being ‘married’ off at young ages,” said Tariro Chikumbirike a veteran journalist who a panellist during the Mazowe workshop.

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