THROUGH the launch of a new reproductive health unit, the Ministry of Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation is seeking to take a proactive approach to tackle the rising number of teenage pregnancies.
Minister Dr Jiko Luveni said they would work with the United Nations Population Fund on this project.
"They are supporting a program where we will be utilising existing women's resource centres and the network we've established with women's groups so that reproductive health issues are effectively addressed," she said.
"This is important, particularly when there is an increase in issues like teenage pregnancies and HIV/AIDS. Under this project, we would like contraceptives to be made readily available to young people."
Dr Luveni reiterated that balanced choices need to be provided to young people.
"We feel that rural women and youths are losing out on their capacity to address these problems.
"For women, we would like to empower them with knowledge so they can develop a closer relation with their sons and daughters.
"Then, they can talk freely about the reproductive health issues affecting their day to day lives."
She said the ministry would also provide counselling services and contraceptives would be made available from the resource centres.
"We have also recruited an officer who will be looking at this program and reaching out to many communities as possible."