Dutch Donate Shs14bn to Fight Unwanted Pregnancies

By Alex Wandeba

The Dutch Government has donated 3.7 million Euros (approximately Shs14billion) to improve the quality of sexual reproductive health and rights services in Uganda.

This follows findings from the study by the University School of Public Health in the United Kingdom revealing that 52% of pregnancies in Uganda are unwanted.

The findings also indicate that Kampala alone represents 70% of unwanted pregnancies in urban centres while Karamoja is ranked the highest among the rural areas.

These statistics were revealed during the launch of a project aimed at strengthening education and training capacity in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights [SRHR] in Kampala today.

The project team leader Prof. Christopher Orach observed that unwanted pregnancies have resulted into skyrocketing population growth  overwhelming service provision in the country.

The Policy officer at the Dutch Embassy Judith Odokorach blamed unwanted pregnancies for widened burden of gender based violence and extreme poverty in Uganda.