RUNDU: The results of a study on the teenage pregnancy rate in the Kavango Region conducted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) last year, were released today.
The results, which earlier this year sent shockwaves throughout the country, were released by Kavango Regional Governor Maurus Nekaro on behalf of Health and Social Services’ Deputy Minister Petrina Haingura at Rundu.
The study revealed that the teenage pregnancy rate in the Kavango Region was double the national average, standing at 34 per cent amongst the 15 to 19-year-old age group.
Presenting the findings, USAID Technical Advisor on HIV and AIDS Dr Mbayi Kangudie said in sub-Saharan Africa, the main drivers of teenage pregnancy are a lack of education and poverty.
The study found that 98 per cent of young people in the Kavango Region were informed about contraceptives, but only 8.7 per cent of them used it.
The majority of those responsible for impregnating the young girls were workers, schoolmates, teachers, construction workers and Namibian Defence Force (NDF) members.
Namibia has moved up seven places in the world football rankings, and is now ranked 108th according to the latest International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) Coca-Cola world rankings released today.
The country now occupies 32nd spot in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) rankings.
In the last update released on 05 September this year, Namibia was ranked 115th in the world, and 33rd in the CAF rankings.
Cote d’Ivoire still heads the African pack and is placed 16th in the world, followed by Algeria (24th), Mali (27th), Ghana (31st) and Egypt (40th).
The current African champion, Zambia is ranked sixth on the continent and 41st in the world, followed by Tunisia (45th in the world) and Gabon (47th).
The Central African Republic is now ranked ninth in Africa and 49th in the world, followed by the Cape Verde Islands in 10th position in Africa and 51st in world.