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Young mum - Mphatso Gumulira, 15, with her son Zayitwa | by DFID - UK Department for International Development
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Young mum - Mphatso Gumulira, 15, with her son Zayitwa

Young mum Mphatso Gumulira, 15, with her son Zayitwa in the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. She had to drop out of school when she became pregnant. Up to a quarter of girls in sub-Saharan Africa drop out of school due to unintended pregnancies.


Mphatso's advice for girls is to, "Get educated first and you can have children after that once you are on a responsible way. You will be able to do many things on your own and take care of your family."


Mwanasha hopes her grandmother will look after her son so she can return to school.


"My ambition is to become a lawyer to help my child in the future and to teach him to be a responsible person."


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On 11 July 2012 the UK Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will host a groundbreaking summit to cut in half the current number of women and girls in the world’s poorest countries without access to contraception, but who wish to avoid pregnancy or space their children.


Every woman and girl deserves the opportunity to to determine her own future. Contraceptives give the world's poorest women the power to decide if and when to have another child.


Find out more at


To follow the London Summit on Family Planning visit


Picture: Lindsay Mgbor/Department for International Development


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Taken on May 31, 2012