Preg studeBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Nov 21 – You’ve probably heard it said many times before: “Don’t reinvent the wheel”.

Take the efforts to address and reduce adolescent pregnancy, for instance. It has already received substantive attention from several Caribbean countries, and some advances have been seen.

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), such experiences, when assessed positively and documented, could be shared and replicated in order to accelerate progress in all outcomes in all countries.

For example, in Jamaica there are centres for adolescent girls and mothers and a reintegration policy for the return of school age mothers to school – the latter which also exists in St. Kitts and Nevis.

The Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago’s ‘Living Room’, which facilitates access to adolescent sexual and reproductive health is “a good practice”, the UNFPA says, as well as their partnership with the Anglican Church to deliver Health and Family Life Education (HFLE).

There are adolescent friendly spaces and a Comprehensive Empowerment Programme for the reduction of second and third pregnancies among Adolescent Mothers implemented by Women Across Differences in Guyana.

Added to that, the OECS Secretariat offers model legislation on adolescent sexual and reproductive health.

The UNFPA is therefore hoping for more coordination and cooperation between countries in the Caribbean – and beyond – as part of the implementation of the Integrated Strategic Framework for the Reduction of Adolescent Pregnancy in the Caribbean.