News on Adolescent pregnancy

13 April 2017
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Education is helping young people combat Zambia's high rates of teen pregnancy and HIV. © UNFPA Zambia/Helene Christensen
LUSAKA, Zambia – “I have seen girls become pregnant, become victims of violence and become HIV-positive, and I don't want to become one of those girls,” said 13-year-old Lydia Mwelwa, a student at Kabulonga Basic School... Read more
27 March 2017
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Young mothers Purity Bahati (left) and Naomi Kitsao (right) advocate for other young people to access sexual and reproductive health information and care. © UNFPA Kenya/Doulgas Waudo
KILIFI, Kenya – Purity Bahati was only 15 when she started dating her boyfriend, a 28-year-old man. “He told me he loved me, and I believed him,” she said. She was pregnant by the time she was 17. The pregnancy forced... Read more
20 March 2017
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A community leader makes his way to the tent of a pregnant 14-year-old former child bride. “I am worried about the delivery,” said the girl’s father. © UNFPA/David Brunetti
UNITED NATIONS, New York/BEIRUT, Lebanon – “To be pregnant in the middle of a humanitarian setting is already a dangerous situation, but for girls aged 15 to 19 the risk of pregnancy-related death is already twice as... Read more
10 February 2017
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Photographer Vincent Tremeau traveled to communities in Nepal and Iraq where girls face a heightened risk of child marriage. He asked what they want to be when they grow up. Punita, 14, wants to be a teacher. © Vincent Tremeau
UNITED NATIONS, New York/KAPILVASTU, Nepal/ERBIL, Iraq – “I’ve been married for five years – since I was 12 – but I haven’t gone to live with my husband yet,” said Rupali Kurmi, from Kapilvastu district, in Nepal. “That... Read more
8 February 2017
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Marie Josee Mukankuranga explains how she counsels women on family planning during a visit by development experts. © UNFPA/Rick Francis
ADDIS ABABA/RWAMANGANA – Marie Josee Mukankuranga stood before international health and development experts in her home in the Rwamagana District of Rwanda, talking about her community’s need for family planning. Ms.... Read more
2 February 2017
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Xhute left school because her family could not afford to buy her shoes to wear to class. She plans to continue her education and become a teacher. © UNFPA Botswana/Nchidzi Smarts
GHANZI, Botswana – Two years ago, 12-year-old Xhute could not afford shoes to wear to class. She was forced to drop out of school – like her mother before her. Xhute’s mother also started having children when she was... Read more
25 January 2017
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After Jiminie Moussa became pregnant at 16, she was abandoned by her parents and boyfriend. © UNFPA Comoros/Nasser Youssouf
NGAZIDJA, Comoros – When Jiminie Moussa was 16, she began dating a man who was old enough to be her father. Her family in Ngazidja, the largest island in the Comoros, tolerated the relationship because her boyfriend... Read more
20 January 2017
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After attending the ourtreach session, Kem Lean, 16, decided to receive antenatal care and give birth in a health facility. © UNFPA Cambodia/Monika Mey
PREAH VIHEAR, Cambodia – “I still remember when my neighbour experienced complications during delivery. She passed away on the way to the referral hospital. It was terrifying,” 16-year-old Kem Lean told UNFPA in the... Read more
10 January 2017
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Natasha Biendi was married off when she was just 13 years old. Life as an underage wife and mother is hard. “There is too much work to do," she said. © UNFPA
MAROUA/BATOURI, Cameroon – “My father forced me into marriage at the age of 14 – to a man I barely even knew,” Aminatou Bello, now 16, told UNFPA in Maroua, in the extreme north of Cameroon. The marriage quickly turned... Read more
20 December 2016
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Hillary Bustos Gómez found herself pregnant at 16 years old. © UNFPA/Priscilla Mora
GUANACASTE, Costa Rica – When Hillary Bustos Gómez found herself pregnant at 16, she was not prepared for the challenges ahead. “The first months were the hardest. I couldn’t get used to the idea. ‘What am I going to do... Read more

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