by Savitha C Muppala on  February 23, 2011 at 11:56 PM General Health News
 Reduction in Teen Pregnancies
If one were to compare the rates of teen pregnancies since 1980, the reduction in the number of pregnancies, which has touched a record low, is evident.

According to statistics, there is a reduction in the number of teen pregnancies in 2009, which fell by 6% as compared to figures in 2008.

The figures also showed that the rate of pregnancies in girls below 18 reduced to 38.3 per 1,000 women in 2009.

Expressing satisfaction as well as stressing that more work needs to be done, The Children's Minister, Sarah Teather, said "teenage parents and their children are more likely to suffer from poor health, unemployment and poor achievement at school than their peers. There remains a huge variation in the progress that has been made in reducing teenage pregnancy rates across the country. Some local authorities have seen their rates decline by up to 45% while others have struggled. It is important, therefore, that local areas learn from each other and share what has worked, so that they invest in the things that will really make a difference."

Source: Medindia

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