‘Sex for sanitary pads’: how Kenya’s lockdown led to a rise in teenage pregnancy

Girls who got free sanitary products at school were pushed to desperate measures in what is being called a shadow pandemic

Thousands of girls in Kenya will not be going back to school when classes start again in January, because they became pregnant during the Covid 19-lockdown.

The African Institute for Development Policy puts the number of teenage girls who became pregnant in the country between January and May at more than 150,000, with Nairobi recording nearly 12,000 pregnancies. Anecdotal evidence from healthcare workers across the Kenyan capital suggest the true figures could be higher, as many pregnant teenagers are not coming to clinics.

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