This report contains the results of the Yes I Do baseline study in Nampula, Mozambique. The study provides insight into the magnitude of and factors influencing child marriage (CM) and teenage pregnancy (TP) and its consequences in Nampula, Mozambique. The study is part of the Yes I Do (YID) multi-country programme of Plan Netherlands, Amref Netherlands, Choice for Youth and Sexuality, Rutgers and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands. The mixed method baseline was undertaken by KIT in collaboration with national researchers from the Lúrio University in Nampula. The baseline findings are used to optimize the Yes I Do intervention strategies and provide context specific knowledge for advocacy and policy purposes; this to move towards a situation in which adolescent girls can decide if, when and whom to marry and if, when and with whom to have children.
715 girls and boys in Mogovolas (intervention area) and 767 girls and boys in Murrupula (control area) participated in the survey in August – September 2016. In addition, 34 girls and another 34 boys participated in focus groups discussions (FGDs) or in-depth interviews (IDIs). Furthermore interviews and FGDs were conducted with parents and other stakeholders.
The YID baseline data show that of all girls of 18 years and older included in the survey, close to 32 per cent had married before 18 years of age, and over 9 per cent before age 15.