Teen pregnancies in PH increased by 70% in last 10 years, says United Nation Population Fund Agency

InterAksyon.com, citing information from the United Nation Population Fund Agency (UNFPA), reports that while Philippine government statistics on female adolescent pregnancies reveal that "the number of teenage pregnancies rose 70 percent, from 114,205 in 1999 to 195,662 in 2009."

InterAksyon.com, citing information from the United Nation Population Fund Agency (UNFPA), reports that while Philippine government statistics on female adolescent pregnancies reveal that "the number of teenage pregnancies rose 70 percent, from 114,205 in 1999 to 195,662 in 2009." It was pointed out in a GMA News Online report that with this increase, the Philippines now "has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)." The UNFPA further noted: "Based on data compiled from birth certificates, of the 1.75 million live births in 2009, the latest review year, over 11 percent involved teenaged mothers."

 

In an interview on Monday, April 23, UNFPA country representative Ugochi Daniels said "the rising number of teenage pregnancies in the country is an area of concern that the agency is giving serious attention to, exposing as it does adolescent girls (10 to 19 years old) to high risk."

 

According to the report, Daniels added that "a strong advocacy campaign is needed to educate and advise young Filipinas about the dangers posed by early pregnancies, and to inform them about reporductive health in general."

 

For more on this story, log on InterAksyon.com and GMA News Online.

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