Study reveals young girls in Nyalenda, Kisumu depend on men for financial upkeep

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A study conducted in Nyalenda A and B wards has revealed that 28 per cent of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) in the area depend on men for their upkeep.

A sample size of 1,162 was used in the study with participants ranging from 9-24 years.

The study which was carried out by Dreams, a Community Based Organization (CBO), also revealed that seven per cent of the girls in the area were sexually exploited.

According to the data, 3 per cent aged 15-17 had children while 8 per cent and 11 per cent aged 18-19 and 20-24 respectively had children

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Another 17 per cent of the girls admitted to having multiple sexual partners.

According to the data, 3 per cent aged 15-17 had children while 8 per cent and 11 per cent aged 18-19 and 20-24 respectively had children.

The data was shared during the 2022 Reducing HIV in Adolescents and Youth Conference held at the Royal Swiss Hotel in Kisumu on June 21st.

Other studies have revealed that over 50 per cent of new HIV infections worldwide are women.

Fight against HIV

In his speech read by county health officer Gregory Gantha, Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyongo’ called for active participation by residents in the fight against the spread of HIV.

Nyong’o further noted that both East and Southern Africa are still burdened by the disease.

The event was attended by among others representatives from Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

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