In Swakopmund, Namibia, teenage pregnancy rates have increased dramatically in recent years. C2C’s local partner, the Ministry of Health and Social Services, has launched a campaign to educate local teenagers about safe sex and delaying pregnancy.
Launched on October 9th, the “Education First, Baby Later” campaign has so far reached more than 4,200 teens in the region. Hundreds of local residents marched the main street of Swakopmund to raise awareness. C2C’s community health coordinator, Maria Elago, provided health education sessions at several schools, giving teens the opportunity to ask questions and to discuss their experiences and concerns.
Distinguished speakers for the campaign have included the Mayor of Swakopmund and the Governor of the Erongo Region. C2C is proud to support the Ministry of Health and Social Services with generous funding from the IZUMI Foundation. The Ministry hopes to replicate this awareness campaign in other cities throughout Namibia. For more information from local media, see this article.