Teenage pregnancy shock

  • The Times - 31 October 2013

The number of births to girls under 15 in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to double in the next 17 years.

The UN Population Fund yesterday reported that the number of mothers under 15 in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to be the same as in South Asia by 2030. At least 4% of South Asian women aged between 20 and 24 reported giving birth before they were 15.

The report said that in poor countries more than 7 million girls under 18 give birth each year. Two million of them are 14 or younger.

Th Un recommended keeping girls in school for longer, stopping child marriages, changing attitudes about gender roles and equality, increasing adolescents' access to sexual and reproductive healthcare - including contraceptives  - and providing better support to teenage mothers...read the full article

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