Pregnancies, drop out rate declines in Senegalese schools

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Some six years after Family Life Education (FLE) clubs were introduced in the country, social welfare authorities in Senegal's Tamabacounda region have reported a marked decrease in the number of pregnancies among school girls as well as the drop out rate.
FLE coordinator Dominique Ndecky highlighted the trend at a seminar organised over the weekend for FLE agents.
Besides drugs, smoking and other environment-related issues, FLE clubs also provide counselling on sexually transmissible diseases and HIV/AIDS.
At the workshop FLE health education head for Tamabacounda region, Ousmane Wade, observed that increasing urbanisation was leaving in its wake serious social and health problems, including prostitution, drug abuse, alcoholism and physical violence among the youth.
Wade blamed prostitution and drug abuse on poverty, noting that the former particularly exposed young girls to pre-marital or undesired pregnancy, high-risk abortions and sexually transmissible diseases.
"Just like paedophilia and homosexuality," Wade stated pointedly, "prostitution by young girls and the poor use of condoms result from poverty.
" He said poverty in the Tamabacounda region affects 40 percent of households.

25 june 2001 19:19:00

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