The Population Services Zimbabwe (PSZ) says teenage pregnancies which are a major contributor to maternal and child mortality remain high at 22 percent in the country as a result of lack of family planning information and services at their disposal.

Such is a touching story by a teenager who now has to face the ordeal of traversing the life journey with her kid and yet she still needs assistance in paying her fees let alone her school uniforms and other requirements.

Now all she could do is doing household chores with her bright future dreams shattered.

Another teenager at 15, who is four months pregnant, has a different story to tell which is equally touching.

Teenage and adolescent girls, especially those in rural communities and other marginalised communities, do not have access to information on contraceptives despite government targeting to reduce the rate to 12 percent by 2020, said PSZ Communications Manager Mr Fredius Dzumbunu.

“There is need to create demand for family planning services and to formulate youth-friendly health provision that can help reduce these teenage pregnancies,” he said.

Some of the young people are shy to access these family planning services, hence there is need to conscientise society on these issues.