Say no to baby dumping
Beyleveld added that researchers agree that Namibian figures can not be confirmed as cases on these topics do not always reach the media and others are not reported to the police. Therefore this challenges the means of measuring baby dumping’s true extent and impact in Namibia, but NaMedia analysed all Namibian data coded for the past five years to contextualise some worrying issues as part of the general agenda. Namibian print media reporting most on teenage pregnancy, baby dumping, infanticide, abortion and child abuse during the past five years have been daily newspapers, The Republikein, New Era and The Namibian, said Beyleveld. Teenage pregnancy received most coverage with gradual increase in reports since 2009 and peaked in 2011 and a gradual decline since. “What we need to focus on is that these are real social issues in Namibia. I urge all organisations, social workers, or women dealing with these problems to put your trust in existing support organisations or to contact the Ministry or NaMedia to help you do so”, said a concerned Beyleveld.