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Utilization of antenatal services among adolescents in Western Uganda

Jennifer A Kasabiiti, Makerere University

Adolescence is a period between childhood and adulthood characterized by emotional, biological and psychological changes; putting adolescents at risk for early marriage, unwanted pregnancies, sexual abuse and exploitation. Yet, analysis of related literature shows that despite their high proportions in developing countries, young people do not routinely seek appropriate sexual and reproductive health information and care due to varied constraints, In Uganda, young people constitute about 33% (ASRH, 2004) while 47.3% of the total population is below 15. Due to, HIV/Aids epidemic, antenatal care uptake, has been accorded less attention contributing to high maternal mortality rates (33%) an issue of great concern, for all developing countries with broad-based population pyramids (MOH, 2004). Using quantitative data and desk research, the study will attempt to identify and explain forecasted constraints to adolescent utilization of antenatal services in western Uganda as a way of improving overall adolescent maternal health.

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Presented in Session 4: Emerging issues in the Demography of East Africa