Sexual and Reproductive Health
Latin America is the only region that has experienced an increase in pregnancies of girls under the age of 15 over the past decade. In addition to making it more difficult for adolescent girls to complete their education and find meaningful employment, early motherhood comes with several physical risks. Maternal mortality for girls under 16 is four times that of women in their 20s and young mothers are less likely to seek prenatal care, increasing the chances that their children will have development problems before or after birth.
Each year, 7,000 women in Latin America die from complications of birth, abortion or miscarriage, and 100,000 babies die in the first month of life. Additionally, 24 million women of reproductive age do not have access to modern contraceptive methods which accounts for 75% of the unintended pregnancies in the region.