Teenage Pregnancy: What are the key inequalities?

The public health analysis from 2009 found that young black women were more likely to become pregnant at a rate of 70 per 1,000 compared to 42 per 1,000 of their white counterparts. Similarly, young black women were more likely to have an abortion, 47 per 1,000 compared to 22 per 1,000 and twice as likely to have used pharmacies to obtain free EHC with 400 per 1,000 compared to 200 per 1,000. The highest number of EHC items were dispensed to residents of SE6 (Catford) but this may reflect the location of pharmacies rather than need. Recent data analysis on teenage conception data for 2005-2007 showed the Bellingham has the most conceptions during that period when compared to wards with similar demographic and deprivation scores e.g. Evelyn ward. Although this shows the link between deprivation and teenage pregnancy, it could be interpreted that the greater amount of youth provisions within Evelyn and New Cross regions have had an impact.

Figure 3: Numbers of teenage conceptions per ward

When comparing Lewisham’s teenage conception rates with neighbouring boroughs, it suggests that 4 out of 6 South-East London boroughs have a particular challenge with this issue, given Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and Greenwich are the top 4 highest rates in the region. By comparison, Bromley and Bexley, although their rates are lower, have had a significant increase against their 1998 baselines from 1998 data.




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