The teenage mother in most of the societies, including that of Sri Lanka is, often single, ill prepared to care for the baby and often socially ostracized with meager financial resources. Such mothers would benefit immensely with social support offered by state and non-state agencies when provided sensitively and effectively. According to the research done by the Family Health Bureau in Sri Lanka in 2015 it was estimated that teenage pregnancies was approximately 6.1% of the total pregnancies.
With this situation in mind; SLCDF with the funding support of the European Union collaborated with the State Ministry of Women and Child Development and implemented a 3-day TOT programme from 15th to 17th March 2021 on ‘Teenage Pregnancy’ to discuss and bring to light the unanswered questions. This virtual training programmme was conducted at the premises of the Ministry, with the participation of 34 government officials from the Women and Child Development Units of the 9 Provinces in Sri Lanka. As a Resource Person Dr. Lakshman Senanayake and as a voluntary Resource Person Ms. Sriyani Perera conducted this TOT.
This training created a platform for all participants to share their experiences and knowledge on this topic of taboo. The Additional Secretary (Development), Mrs. N.H.M.W.W.N. Herath addressed the event, highlighting the importance of having a National Action Plan for Teenage Pregnancy. This journey of awareness completed its first phase, and as the next phase, trained cadre of Trainers will conduct training programmes for the staff at District and Divisional levels.