World Contraception Day: Youth centres are a safe space for teen contraception

26 September is World Contraception Day. This an annual campaign aimed at spreading raising awareness about contraception and safe sex.

Assistant Director for Women’s Health WC, Hasina Khaki says it is important for South Africa to have an awareness about contraceptives as it helps women decide on how many children they want and whether they want to have children at all.

Most families find it better to have fewer children and far between, looking at the cost of educating children and medical costs.

Hasina Khaki, Assistant Director for Women’s Health WC

Currently in South Africa the injectables are the popular kind of contraceptives used, says Khaki.

Types of contraceptives:

  • 8 weeks injection
  • 12 weeks injection
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Loop
  • Implants (lasts up to 3 years)

According to Khaki these types of contraceptives are available at all government clinics and day hospitals across South Africa.

She says it is still a challenge to get teenagers to go into clinics and use birth control to prevent teenage pregnancy.

We have youth services where clinics are only for the youth. A lot of teenagers don't like coming to the normal clinics to find their aunts and neighbours but feel free at the youth centres.

Hasina Khaki, Assistant Director for Women’s Health WC

That is why we would like to enter schools and educate them on how to access contraceptives.

Hasina Khaki, Assistant Director for Women’s Health WC

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