Adolescent pregnancy is a global public health challenge. Most births to adolescents (95%) occur in developing countries, where an estimated 21 million girls aged 15–19 became pregnant in 2016, of whom 12 million gave birth. In those countries, an estimated 2.5 million girls under 16 give birth every year.
This edutainment drama, produced in north-western Tigray, Ethiopia, aims to initiate discussion on youth sexual and reproductive health in relation to contraceptive use and abortion. The six main characters are secondary school students Solyana, Kibrom, Azeb, Tedy, Helen and Teamrat, who make different choices that have consequences for their future lives when entering puberty. The drama addresses gender norms that influence youth sexuality in a context where the different options of contraceptive
In the ten years since the law was revised, Ethiopia has achieved major progress in increasing access to safe abortion. However, although the increases in the number of women obtaining legal abortions and post-abortion care are consistent with improvements in women’s access to health care, a substantial number of abortions continue to occur outside of health facilities, often under unsafe conditions, a reality that must be addressed.