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Health Minister: No Contraceptives for Teenagers

The Ministry of Health on Tuesday denied claims that it is pushing for a legal framework to begin distributing contraceptives to adolescents as young as 10 years old in an attempt to curb an increase in teenage pregnancy.

Addressing media in Harare, Health Minister Dr. David Parirenyatwa said the ministry does not have a policy that permits the giving of contraceptives to under-aged children.

Reports emerged last week that the ministry would start distributing contraceptives to adolescents, sparking a major debate about the role of the government in teenagers’ sexual activities.

The Zimbabwe health law stipulates that no person under the age of 18 can be given contraceptives.

Teens Support Foundation Regional Coordinator Nollen Tigere told VOA Studio 7 most non-governmental organizations want adolescents to abstain from sexual activity.