UNITED KINGDOM –  Dramatic decline in teenage pregnancies in the UK

A new report, Social media, SRE and Sensible Drinking: Understanding the dramatic decline in teenage pregnancy, by Bpas, published in July 2018, examined key trends in teenage lifestyles and outlook, as well as young people’s experience of sex and relationships education (SRE) and use of contraception. It is based on qualitative and quantitative research conducted by YouGov and Bpas with four online focus groups and a demographically weighted survey of 1,004 16-18 year olds. The report’s … Continued

UGANDA – Uganda Health Ministry “celebrates” Day of the Girl Child by halting the release of guidelines on contraceptive use for sexually active adolescents

  As Uganda joined the rest of the world to mark the International Day of the Girl Child last week, the recent decision by the State Minister for Primary Healthcare, Ms Joyce Moriku, to halt the release of newly developed National Guidelines and Standards for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, was sharply criticised. On 28 September this year, perhaps not even knowing it was International Safe Abortion Day, she reportedly said that the Health … Continued

MADAGASCAR- Madagascar set to update colonial family planning and abortion law…

  Madagascar’s Senate was set to debate legislation modernising a family planning law from 1920 that prohibits the promotion of contraception and criminalised abortion, a leftover from the French colonial era. Advocates say the most important part of the new law is the commitment to making access to reproductive health services a universal right, regardless of age. At present there is confusion over the legality of providing contraception to young people; certain interpretations suggest that … Continued

MALAYSIA – Getting the message across

WHEN parents find out that their 17-year-old school-going daughter is pregnant, the reaction would most probably be anger followed by murderous rage, more anger and then a feeling of failure before they finally settle down to decide how to deal with the situation and the stigma that comes with it.

An NGO supporting young people who suffer from social exclusion, including pregnant adolescents in Uganda

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The Development Charity Association (DECA) is a non-profit, non-denominational, apolitical, organization offering equal opportunities to all regardless of race, tribe, political beliefs, sexual inclination, religion and any form of societal stratification. The principle objective of DECA is campaigning, engaging stakeholders and actively participating in any activity that can reduce or eliminate any manner of stigmatization of any person or group of persons with particular emphasis on people who suffer social exclusion. DECA was founded in 2008 but had to operate without registration because of our conviction and beliefs until 2015, when we were finally registered as as a charity.

Humanitarian settings, young people and adolescent pregnancy

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The Interagency Youth Working Group (IYWG) provided technical leadership to advance the reproductive health and HIV/AIDS outcomes of young people in developing countries. The project has ended and while the website is no longer being updated, it still contains useful information, such as the text here, and long lists of very useful resources on humanitarian settings, young people and adolescent pregnancy.

Changes in conceptions in women younger than 18 years and the circumstances of young mothers in England in 2000–12: an observational study

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The scale of the decline in conception rates in women younger than 18 years, and its association with intervention-related investment and with both demographic and behavioural factors, suggest a combined influence of both public health intervention and secular trends on the decline in conceptions in women younger than 18 years in England.

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