Description of repeat pregnancies among teenagers, sexual and reproductive profile of pregnant teenagers in Umlazi, KwaZulu Natal.

Wendy Mphatswe, Hannah Motshedisi Sebitloane

Abstract


Teenage pregnancy is a major public health challlenge globally with adverse maternal, perinatal and socio-economic outcomes; approximatley 15 million adolescents aged 15 to 19 give birth annually worldwide.  In Kwazulu-Natal 13.4% of learners (15 and 19) were reported to be mothers and 16.7% had ever been pregnant; while 20,5% are HIV positive in Kwazulu-Natal. Understanding factors implicated in teenage pregnancy including social determinants is critical if suitable and sustainable interventions are to be developed. This is a prospective observational study of a randomly selected sample size of 300 participants who will be interviewed over 6 months.