- Researchers are currently examining contributing factors surrounding teen pregnancy in South Africa
- It has been uncovered that the SA child grant may have a large effect on this issue
- This research forms part of an awareness campaign aimed at education young South Africans on the socioeconomic factors that are linked to teen pregnancies
In an attempt to address high levels of teen pregnancy in South Africa, researchers are addressing myths and sharing information regarding this issue.
In particular, researchers are attempting to educate young South Africans on the child grant and how it is not necessarily sufficient as a sole source of income.
Statistics have shown that the prospect of receiving a child grant can be a contributing factor to teen pregnancy for young South Africans, The Citizen reported.
Professor Andre Venter, the academic head of the department of paediatrics and child health at the University of the Free State, said that, due to factors like this, which can affect teens’ decision-making when it comes to pregnancy, informative campaigns on the subject are crucial.
Briefly.co.za gathered that, on top of this, young South Africans also need to be provided with more information regarding early development and care of infants.
“Meanwhile, international and local research both indicate there is a growing need for the awareness of childhood development in a child’s formative years, before they reach two years of age,” Venter explained.
The professor went on to outline that this kind of information is key to ensuring that, in the event that young South Africans do decide to have children, their offspring will be healthy and safe.
“Our children have the chance to build a productive society but to do so, they need to be well-equipped mentally, physically, and emotionally on how to manage life,” Venter said.
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