Prime Minister Andrew Holness Highlights Concerns Over Adolescent Pregnancy in Jamaica

Prime Minister Andrew Holness via Youtube

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has expressed serious concerns about the persistent issue of adolescent pregnancy in Jamaica, emphasising that it remains a significant social challenge.

Speaking at the Charity Ball for the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation over the weekend, Mr. Holness underscored the ongoing efforts and the crucial role of the foundation in addressing this issue.

The Prime Minister pointed out that in its 46 years of operation, the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation has provided essential services to over 56,000 young girls, a figure that underscores the magnitude of the problem.

Remarkably, 11,200 of these cases have been recorded in the past decade alone, indicating that adolescent pregnancy continues to be a pressing concern.


Mr. Holness highlighted that a substantial number of these pregnancies are the result of abuse, a disturbing factor that necessitates urgent and sustained intervention. 

To address these challenges, Mr. Holness outlined several measures the government has implemented, aimed at mitigating issues such as sexual harassment, domestic abuse, and gender-based violence. 

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