The Philippines is the only country in the Asia-Pacific Region where the teenage pregnancy rate has an increasing trend in the last 20 years. This is according to the UN Population Fund.
The 2013 National Demographic and Health Survey results revealed that 1 out of 10 Filipinos 15-19 years of age has begun childbearing. (8% already mothers 2% pregnant with first child). The same survey was cited by a newspaper which showed 19% of young adult Filipino women initiate sexual activity before the age of 18.
Some other communities may also have this problem of teenage pregnancy.
Higher risk of health problems accompany teenage pregnancy affecting both the teenage mothers and the babies born to them. Which is why the teenage pregnancy problem needs to be addressed and any input or any suggestion as to how to address this problem is welcomed.
This Saturday, February 11 9PM Philippine time, Join #HealthXPh in discussing teenage pregnancy with the following guide questions:
t1. What factors can contribute to high teen pregnancy rate?
t2. What can you suggest to address the problem of teen pregnancy, including prevention?
t3. How can we use social media to address the problem of teen pregnancy?