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  Home > News Press Release > DOCTORS HOSPITAL DONATES TO TEEN MOMS AT PACE
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DOCTORS HOSPITAL DONATES TO TEEN MOMS AT PACE
Dated of posted : 2010-08-19

  

 (Pictured L-R: Lisa Humes, Marketing Assistant, Doctors Hospital; Dr. Mildred Hall Watson, Director, PACE Bahamas; Jacqueline Knowles, Director, PACE Bahamas; Charles Sealy, CEO, Doctors Hospital; Michele Rassin, VP Operations, Doctors Hospital.)
 
DOCTORS HOSPITAL LENDS A HAND
 
TO TEENS MOMS AT PACE
 
Most see the Bahamas as a perfect little paradise, but we have acquired our share of social ills, According to the PACE Foundation, teenage pregnancy is the most significant among them. Despite best efforts, teen pregnancy continues to be a major issue in our society with the consequences having significant impact on our communities and the country in general. Statistics gathered by the PACE Foundation show that, in The Bahamas, on average less than 40% of first time teen mothers and less than 35% of all teen mothers enroll each year in the intermediary program that makes reentry to high school possible.
 
Pregnancy in adolescents often results in serious medical complications, and sexual relationships at a young age can put teens at risk of life threatening sexually transmitted diseases. According to the Pace website, national HIV/AIDS statistics reveal that girls aged 15-19 were the fastest growing group of reported cases in the year 2000. The impact of early sexual activity is reflected in the fact that, by December 2000, there were 197 HIV infections recorded in females aged 10-19. Additionally, these girls were more likely to be infected than boys, with girls representing 69.4% of reported cases in this age group.
 
Corporate sponsors, Doctors Hospital, and partner of the PACE Foundation recently continued its commitment to service within the Bahamian community, with a check presentation to the PACE Foundation to assist with the operating cost of the Centre. Charles Sealy, Chief Operating Officer, Doctors Hospital and Michele Rassin,Vice President Operations, were on hand for the check presentation
 
Formed by the Zonta Club of Nassau, over the years, PACE has provided assistance to more than 3000 teenage mothers, helping them to complete high school thus ensuring them a better chance of breaking the cycle of poverty and hopelessness.

 

 

 

 

 


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