25 May 2015
City Health is finessing
existing interventions to further reduce the rate of teen pregnancy in the
city, which has dropped from 5.3% of births recorded in 2006 to 4.4% in 2013.
This is below the provincial
and national averages.
The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate plans to
expand its network to try and reach more young people on matters around sexual
and reproductive health in order to help reduce the number of teenage
Mayoral Committee Member for
Health, Councillor Siyabulela mamkeli said we are still talking about more then
3 000 babies born to young women.
Mamkeli said having a baby
does not only have a financial impact on the family but it also has an
emotional and psychological impact on the young mother.
Mamkeli added that there is also the risk that
young mother’s drop out of school, reducing their chances of economic
opportunities and also compromising her child’s future well-being.
Labels: City Health plans ahead to curb unplanned teen pregnancies