|Health professionals plan strategies to reduce teen pregnancy|
El Paso, TX, May 25, 2012 (PAHO/WHO) - In order to prevent and take action to reduce teen pregnancy, the Health Secretariat of Sonora, Mexico in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and Culture with the technical support of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) United States-Mexico Border Office and other organizations conducted a training workshop to identify the determinants and evidence-based actions to reduce teen pregnancy on the Arizona-Sonora border. The workshop was held in the City of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico on May 22nd and 23rd, 2012.
The objective of the workshop was to systematize local experiences and develop a contingency plan for addressing the determinants in order to plan actions based on evidence for pregnancy prevention among adolescents. During the two-day workshop, 45 health professionals reviewed the main local interventions to reduce teenage pregnancies on the border cities of the states of Sonora and Arizona.
The main determinants identified on the border are: school dropout, unemployment, lack of education on parents, lack of coordination between health and education sectors, reluctance to use birth control, among others.
At the end of the workshop, working groups were formed and engage to carry out the strategic plan of action, create a committee led by the Health Secretariat and Education to monitor strategic plans and PAHO/WHO will facilitate the communication tools and information among participants to maintain contact and continue with the plans, as well as technical assistance for the development of intervention plans in accordance with the resolutions and action plans for adolescent health, child health and maternal health.
For more information please contact:
Lorely Ambriz, M.S.I.S, Knowledge Management & Communication
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / A Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) United States-Mexico Border Office
5400 Suncrest Dr. Ste. C-4 El Paso, TX 79912
Office (915) 845-5950 Ext. 42523 / Cel (915) 449-3040 / Fax (915) 845-4361