Teen preg­nancy rises while sex ed­u­ca­tion re­mains poor

Southeast Asia Globe - - Health -

South­east Asia has seen a con­cern­ing rise in teen preg­nancy in some coun­tries while oth­ers are slow to de­cline in num­ber, ac- cord­ing to Unicef. Cam­bo­dia is host to the high­est rates of early preg­nan­cies, with 5.6% of women aged 15 to 19 giv­ing birth, ac­cord­ing to the in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion. Thai­land and In­done­sia fol­low closely be­hind. Com­pli­ca­tions dur­ing preg­nancy and child­birth are the sec­ond-lead­ing cause of death for this pop­u­la­tion. Child mar­riages and early unions are sig­nif­i­cant con­tribut­ing fac­tors to these high rates, with tra­di­tions and cul­tural norms pro­pel­ling this more of­ten than the de­sire of teen brides. Poor un­der­stand- ing of sex, sex­u­al­ity and gen­der equal­ity of­ten in­hibit these women from in­formed and in­ten­tional fam­ily plan­ning – an is­sue that gov­ern­ments should rec­tify through thor­ough sex and hu­man rights ed­u­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to the in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion.

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