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about 14
girls give
birth, while
about 4.4
million have
Source: Peoples Daily (2007)
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Social exclusion
reproductive health
Increased risk of
Increased risk of
maternal and infant
Source: Guttmacher Institute (2006)
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According to Yampolskaya,
Brown, and Vargo (2004),
...approximately 60% of
adolescent mothers live in poverty
at the time of the birth of their
babies, and approximately 73% go
on welfare within 5 years of giving
Adolescent Pregnancy Contributes to the
Cycle of Poverty
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Failing Nuclear Families
Early Menarche
Gang Activity
Domestic violence
Early Marriage
Substance Abuse
Social Pressures
Low Self Esteem
School Drop outs
Poor educational
Poor access to health care
Influence of the media
Source: Data gathered from various cited resources (WHO, CDC,
Guttmacher Institute)
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Higher Risk with Adolescent
Pregnancy, Birth and
Postpartum Complications
Difficult labor and childbirth as a result of
cephalopelvic disproportion
Increased maternal mortality
Low Birth Weight
Source: IRIN-Africa (2007)
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% of men 20-24
11 13 15 18 20
Burkina Faso Nigeria Uganda
Zimbabwe Brazil Dominican Republic
Mexico Peru Italy
Japan United States
Copyright: The Alan Guttmacher Institute In Their Own Right- Worldwide
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Latin America
United States
South Africa
Russian Federation
Great Britain
Information in table was generated from data gathered from cited resources (Guttmacher Institute, WHO, CDC)
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Worldwide, women
bear a greater
burden of sexual and
reproductive ill-
health than men.
More than half a
million women die in
pregnancy and
childbirth in resource
constrained settings.
Source: WHO (2006)
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Adolescent Pregnancy Leads
to Unsafe Abortions
A study in Nigeria in the early 1990s, that included
about 144 women (half of which were under 20 years
of age), reported many complications- including a 9%
death rate. Only 25% had no complications.
In some urban areas unmarried adolescents represent
the majority of all abortion seekers.
In developing countries, the risk of death following
unsafe abortions is several hundred times higher than
one performed professionally in safe conditions.
Almost 14% of all unsafe abortions occur in
adolescents under the age of 20.
The rate is higher in Africa than any other region.
Source: WHO (2004)
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More than 30,000 adolescents between the
ages of 15 and 19 give birth every year.
From 1990 to 2003, the proportion of live births
to teenage mothers rose from 13.8 percent of
all births to 14.9 percent.
In 2003, 17 of the 994 babies (1.7 percent)
born to mothers under age 15 died.
335 of the 33,838 babies (1.0 percent) born to
mothers between the ages of 15 and 19 died.
Source: Health-Chile (2007)
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In 1996, six out of 10 teenage girls had
been pregnant at least once, but only two
out of 10 in 2003.
Among girls between the ages of 15 and
19 who have had sex, 40% have been
Source: Plus News Global (2007)
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The number of pregnant school girls jumped from
1,169 in 2005 to 2,336 in 2006 in Gauteng.
One in three girls has had a baby by the age of
16 percent of pregnant women under the age of
20 tested HIV positive.
30 percent of girls in South Africa said "their first
sexual experience was forced or under threat of
Source: IRIN Africa (2007)
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57% of marriages are by girls under
the age of 16 years old which has
led to an increased maternal
mortality rate.
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More than half marry in their teens.
12% aged 15-19 have had a child.
25% report sexual coercion that leads to an
unintended pregnancy.
39% aged 12-24 state that the last abortion
they were involved in took place at home.
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (2004)
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One million teenagers become pregnant
The United States has the highest rate of teen
pregnancy, childbirth and abortion among
developed countries
63% give birth, and 22% have abortions.
Source: Adolescent Pregnancy and Childbirth in the U.S. (1999)
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According to the Centers for Disease
Control (CDC), teenage pregnancy rates
nationally dropped 27 percent overall during
the years 1990-2000. Despite the decline,
the teenage pregnancy rate in the United
States is still the highest among
industrialized nations. Even with the drop,
35 percent of U.S. teenage girls become
pregnant at least once before age 20.
Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (2004)
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The 2005 Youth Pregnancy
Risk Behavior Survey
47% of high school students had
sexual intercourse at least once.
37% of sexually adolescent
students had not used a
Source: Branson (2006).
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Since adolescent pregnancy leads to an
increased infant and maternal mortality rate,
achievement of the following goals will not be
met if current trends continue:
Reduce by three-quarters the maternal mortality rate
Reduce by two-thirds the under-five mortality rate
Since in many parts of the world, pregnant girls
are not allowed to remain in school,
achievement of this goal will also not be met:
Eliminate gender disparity in all levels of education
Source: Millennium Project (2005)
Adolescent Maternity
Threatens Achievement of the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015
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In an attempt to decrease adolescent
pregnancy, Healthy People 2010
recommended the goal of .increasing the
proportion of sexually active, unmarried
adolescents aged 15 to 17 years who use
contraception that both effectively prevents
pregnancy and provides barrier protection
against disease
Source: Healthy People 2010
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Focus on women and girls reproductive
health and education outcomes.
Provide Emergent obstetric care.
The provision of reproductive health care
services to teens requires sensitivity to
the special needs of this age-group
including knowing about laws about
confidentiality and services for birth
control, pregnancy, abortion, and
Source: Stanhope and Lancaster (2006)
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Thorough assessments are vital, because factors
such as a history of sexual victimization, family
dysfunction, substance use, and failure to use birth
control can influence whether a young girl becomes
The pregnant teen will need support during and
after pregnancy from her family and friends and
from the father of the baby.
Source: Stanhope and Lancaster (2006)
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In Chile, under the new regulations, public health services are
authorized to prescribe, and to provide free of charge, traditional and
emergency contraceptives to adolescents over 14, without the need
for parental consent.
In Botswana, increased child support rules and daycare and
encouragement for teens to stay in school have led to decreased teen
pregnancy rates.
In Ghana, Media Campaigns to encourage condom use among
sexually active youth are proving to be effective in reducing the
number of adolescent pregnancies.
Source: Health-Chile and Plus News Global
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The Young and Wise campaign sponsored by Planned Parenthood in
Ghana is another good campaign to decrease the number of adolescent
The African Youth Alliance is moving towards progress in reducing
adolescent pregnancy.
The Stop Aids Love Life program in Ghana is also an effective tool in
promoting self esteem leading to lower incidences of adolescent pregnancy.
Source: Plus News Global (2007)
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Include collaborative approaches by the
teens, their families, teachers, health
professionals, businesses, the faith
community, lawmakers, and other
community organizations.
Source: Brandis, Sattley, and Mamo (2005)
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The Parent-Adolescent
Relationship Education
(PARE) Program
The program provides a curriculum for prevention of
STDs and pregnancy in middle school youth and
focuses on strengthening family communication about
sexual issues and behaviors to help prevent teen
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
advocates PARE and includes information about
reproduction, sex risks, and safe-sex behaviors
including contraception and abstinence.
PARE emphasizes the importance of parental
involvement on the reduction of early pregnancies.
Source: Lederman, R.P., & Mian, T.S (2003).
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Education should be started before the age
of 14, when young people become sexually
Information should be provided for
teenagers about avoiding unintended
pregnancies, including detailed information
about contraception and its side effects.
There should be better management and
training for nurses, so they can deal
sympathetically with teenagers requiring
contraception and provide the necessary
information and education campaigns that
take away the stigma of teenage sexuality,
so that adolescents are not afraid to ask for
All teenagers should not just be allowed to
remain in school and to return to school
after birth, but they should be strongly
encouraged to do so.
Source: People's Daily (2007)
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Every minute, somewhere in the
world a young mother dies from
complications in pregnancy and
childbirth. Four million babies die
each year within their first 28 days
of life, and another 3.3 million are
stillborn. Millions of lives could be
saved using the knowledge we have
today, but the challenge is to
transform this knowledge into
Source: World Health Organization (WHO) (2006)
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