Analysis of the determinants of teenage pregnancy in Ankole region of Western Uganda
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The main aim of this study was to analyze the determinants of teenage pregnancy in Ankole Region of Western Uganda. This study used secondary data extracted from the 2016 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey. The data set that was used in this study was specifically for women in the reproductive age group (15-19 years). A sample of 273 women in Ankole region aged (15-19 years) was interviewed according to the 2016 UDHS. Focus was put on differences in rates by education level, wealth status, religious affiliation, age and then the type of place of residence. The study used a quantitative approach and data analysis was done at two levels; uni-variate level where frequency distribution tables and percentages were used, and bivariate level where cross tabulations were used to generate the chi-square test that was used to explain the relationship between independent variables which included education, wealth index, religion and the type of residence and the dependent variable which is currently pregnant. The study suggested possible measures and strategies to be undertaken by the Government and responsible stakeholders like Non – Government Organizations (NGOs) and donors to drastically reduce high teenage pregnancy rates in western Uganda and curb high fertility levels in the whole country (i.e., 5.4 children per woman according to the 2016 UDHS) using the factors that determine and influence teenage pregnancy in western Uganda. Some of the recommendations included among others, prioritizing girl child education, establishing poverty eradication programmes in order to increase people’s income and putting in place laws to safe guard teenagers from early marriages.