by Lusito Tsela
Ngculwini, a community in the rural areas of the Manzini region in Eswatini has experienced an escalating rate of early and unplanned pregnancies over the last two years.
Abigail Jele, a resident of the community said the escalating rate of early and unintended pregnancies is alarming.
“The COVID-19 pandemic and the high rate of poverty has played a role in this issue. Adolescent girls and young women engage in transactional unprotected sexual intercourse and inter-generational relationships to at least make ends meet; thus the high rate of early and unintended pregnancies”, she said.
According to survey on poverty in Swaziland conducted by the World Bank in 2020, over 63% of population is living under the poverty line and Ngculwini is no exception.