It was revealed during the Youth Month commemoration organized by the Botswana police that this put the girl in a very compromising position.
As a result, some decided to prostitute themselves to take care of themselves while others fell prey to wealthy but elderly men as well as increased cases of gender-based violence.
This is what Masego Masunga, Cresta Bosele’s Guest Relations Manager, said at an event held recently at Botshabelo Police.
She said young people have the right to know more about their health and to live healthy lives. She added that without the right to health, people cannot effectively prevent HIV or access treatment and care services.
“However, it is necessary to stress that the right to health does not only consist of having access to quality health services but also of being treated with Botho regardless of his age. We can be discriminated against as a young person vis-à-vis the culture to which we conform, ”she added.
Masunga further noted that in some cases one may be denied health services because they are young to take responsibility for their well-being.
“Fortunately, in the district of Selebi-Phikwe, our health establishments have youth clinics to support young people by providing them with youth-friendly services. So I urge other young people to use these services from time to time, ”she said.
She further pointed out that research carried out by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for 2016/2017 found that Botswana has the second highest HIV prevalence rate in the world, with the latest reports putting it at about 17 percent for the general population and 24 percent. for 15 years and over.
She added that 49% of women aged 30 to 34 and 33.3% of pregnant women are HIV positive. She borrowed from President Ian Khama’s State of the Nation address that until the country reaches the goal of zero new infections, the fight against HIV / AIDS will remain a priority in the country.
Masunga noted that to meet the challenges of reducing HIV infections, young people must be the main actors at all stages of the process.
“Their full involvement must be ensured from analyzing the current epidemic situation and understanding lifestyle choices to planning and implementing new measures in the country,” she said.
She regretted that today’s young people have inherited Western lifestyles and copied most of the behaviors through social media and tend to follow negative trends disseminated on social media platforms.
“We continue to see an increasing number of teenage mothers, which implies that there has been no use of contraceptive measures,” she noted.
ACHAP representative in Selebi-Phikwe Kaone Mlotshwa said parents should never think it is irresponsible for parents to believe that discussing sexual issues with their children because children are engaging in sexual activity is a very young age.
She said that the fact that children know about sexuality issues is a reality that cannot be ignored. She also said that Selebi-Phikwe continues to experience teenage pregnancies and that between October and December of last year, 32 cases of teenage pregnancy were recorded for young girls aged 13-19.
She cited incidents of young girls having “enclosure” parties where alcohol is mixed with sex-enhancing substances, saying these parties end with irresponsible sexual activity in which even older men participate.
It has also been observed that the trend of teenage pregnancies and cases of sexually transmitted diseases is a sign that condoms are not being used.