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“Teenage mothers can now go back to school” – Teenage pregnancy and child marriage in Traditional Authority Liwonde, Machinga district, Malawi

A.C Munthali, L Kusters, T Kakal, M Kok

Child marriage and teenage pregnancy are challenges experienced by many young people in Malawi. In 2013/2014, Machinga was among the districts with the highest prevalence of child marriage and teenage pregnancy. The Yes I Do alliance chose to implement a package of interventions in this district, and Traditional Authority (TA) Liwonde in particular, aiming to reduce child marriage and teenage pregnancy. TA Chikwewo in Machinga was chosen as a control area. This report contains the findings of the base-, mid- and end-line study of Yes I Do Malawi.