Adolescent reproductive health in East Asia and the Pacific
Reproductive health for adolescents inEast Asia and the Pacific* 49% 2x Pregnancy-related conditions are the lead- ing cause of death for adolescent girls aged 15-19, who are twice as likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than adult women. In countries in East Asia Girls aged less than 15 are up to five times 2x and the Pacific between 11% more likely to die. and 49% of adolescent girls have The babies of adolescent mothers suffer high given birth or are pregnant. rates of disease and disability. There is a 50-100% increase in the risk that these babies will die in their first month of life. Cambodia Philippines Marshall Islands 8% 7% 29% 2% 2% 10% Nauru 23% 9% Solomon Islands 21% 7% Tuvalu 9% Adolescent girls 3% Currently sexually active % Currently using contraception %** 52% Up to 52% of married adolescent 97% Between 50 and 97 percent of girls who want to avoid or delay adolescents don’t have adequate pregnancy do not have adequate access to reproductive health access to contraceptives. services. Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services designed for adolescents will empower girls increasing knowledge and access to effective contraceptives that meet their needs. There is a need for greater investment in SRH programs that effectively target adolescents in East Asia and the Pacific.ReferencesKennedy E, Gray N, Azzopardi P, Creati M. Adolescent fertility and family planning in East Asia andthe Pacific: a review of DHS reports. Reproductive Health. 2011; 8:11.WHO Adolescent pregnancy: unmet needs and undone deeds. World Health Organization. Geneva: 2006.Patton GC, Coffey C, Sawyer SM, et al. Global patterns of mortality in young people: a systematicanalysis of population health data. The Lancet. 2009; 374 (9693):881-92.*Adolescents refers to 15-19 year olds. **Adolescent girls using contraception may not be currently sexually active.