Teen pregnancy rates in Tower Hamlets halved since 1998
- Credit: Archant
Teenage pregnancy rates among 15-17 year-olds in Tower Hamlets halved since 1998, new data shows.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show there were 104 pregnancies among 15-17 year-old girls in the borough in 2011 – the equivalent of 29 per 1,000 teenage girls. Around 60 of those pregnancies were terminated.
But in 1998 there were twice as many, with 58 pregnancies per 1,000 girls in the age group.
Dr Somen Banerjee, director of public health in Tower Hamlets, said the reduction was due to sexual health education programmes and the availability of contraception and advice in drop-in centres.
He added: “Reducing teenage pregnancy is central to improved life chances for both young men and women as it reduces health inequality, child poverty and the costs, both financial and social associated with addressing the poor outcomes for young parents and their children.”
You may also want to watch:
There were 20 conceptions recorded in Tower Hamlets among under-16s in 2011 – with 13 of those ending in abortions.
The average drop in pregnancies in 15-17 year-olds was well above the national average of 34 per cent, as well as the London-wide fall of 44 per cent.
- 1 Patient group set up over allegations of 'poor care' at Royal London
- 2 Jailed: Teenagers who left victim blind in one eye after train stabbing
- 3 Brick Lane's famous bagel shop launches delivery service
- 4 Canary Wharf floats idea for new green restaurant on water
- 5 MPs pledge to fight on for 'forgotten victims' of IRA Canary Wharf bombing
- 6 Updated appeal for information about man last seen in Poplar in January
- 7 New street market coming to Docklands is Will's passion
- 8 Fire crews fight blaze at pub in Hackney Wick
- 9 Jailed: drug dealer who rammed police with stolen car to escape
- 10 Mother and son taken to hospital during "severe" fire in Bow
Young persons’ sexual health charity Brook welcomed the fall, saying reductions were often a result of good leadership and support structures and a focus on sex education.
Responsibility for public health spending will be handed to Tower Hamlets Council from next month, with councillors affirming their commitment to ensuring rates continue to fall.
Cabinet member for health Cllr Abdul Asad said: “I am sure we will keep this momentum going by continuing to ensure that all young people receive the information, advice and support they need to make safe and healthy choices.”