South Africa’s total fertility rate of 2.8 children per woman is estimated to be one of the lowest in sub-Saharan Africa; however, unplanned teenage pregnancy is still a common occurrence with 30% of teenagers in South Africa reporting ever being pregnant, the majority of the pregnancies unplanned. However accurately measuring the rate and trends of unplanned teenage pregnancy in South Africa remains a challenge because several studies measure different indicators and report inconsistent findings on chronological trends.
Recognizing the multi-sectoral approach needed to address unplanned teen pregnancy, a national teenage pregnancy partnership (NTPP) was formed to bring together national expertise from government, civil society and academic sectors to share strategies catalyze new approaches to better understand and address unintended teen pregnancy. The NTPP is a coalition of diverse stakeholders interested in advancing sexual reproductive health and rights, especially for girls, adolescents and young women. As part of the NTPP, a statistics working group was formed to review data on teenage pregnancy studies, compile a review of existing research, and offer recommendations to improve data collection and measurement of teenage pregnancy to ensure that progress can be correctly and efficiently assessed.
In 2014, mmoho, a teen pregnancy prevention campaign was developed to change the national discourse around unintended teen pregnancy and advocate for comprehensive and accessible sexual and reproductive health and rights services and information for teens and adolescents.