Quick facts about the Youth
Teenage Pregnancy & Health Risk Behaviors
- One in four teenage girls in Uganda age 15-19 have had a child or are pregnant.
- 42% of all the pregnancies among adolescents in Uganda are unintended.
Health risk behaviors
- 22% of adolescents have ever had sexual intercourse.
- 10% of the sexually active adolescents aged 15-19 years had their fi rst sexual encounter before age 15.
HIV/AIDS & Family Planning
- 94% of adolescents are aware about HIV.
- Only 43% adolescents have ever tested for HIV.
- Every year 9,600 young people aged 15-19 years are newly infected with HIV.
- 66% of all the new HIV infections are concentrated among adolescent girls.
- 49% of the sexually active adolescents used a contraceptive method the last time they had sex.
Obstetric Fistula & Child Marriage
- 1% of girls age 15-19 have experienced obstetric fi stula.
- 10% of women age 20-24 married by age 15.
- 40% of women age 20-24 married by age 18.
Gender-Based Violence & Employment
- 60% of adolescents 10-19 years have experienced physical violence, 42% emotional violence and 10% sexual violence.
- 1% of girls 15-19 years are circumcised (Female Genital Cutting).
- 64% of the young persons aged 15-29 years in Uganda are in some form of employment.
- Among the working population aged 10-24 years, 54.3% are females and 55.1% are males.
- 15% of youth in school are also engaged in employment.
Poverty & School Attendance
- 10.9% young males aged 10-24 are heading households.
- 38.5% of young people aged 10-19 live in the two poorest wealth quintiles.
- 19.6% of young people aged 10-19 live in households where the head of household has no education.
- 78% of young people aged 13-18 years are currently attending school.
- 10% of the 6-12 year olds have never been to school.
Residence, Population Growth & School Dropout
- 80% of Uganda’s youth live in rural areas. One out of four young people age 10-24 reside in urban areas.
- Dependency Ratio Uganda’s dependency ratio is 103. Per 100 working age adults in Uganda, there are 103 dependents.
- Uganda’s annual population growth is 3%, meaning 1,200,000 Ugandans are born every year.
School Drop out
- 22% of adolescents age 13-18 have left school.