Open Data: Mother girls

Open Data: Mother girls

Organisation: Consejo de Redacción (Colombia)

Publication Date: 04/10/2017

Size of team/newsroom:small


The second region in the world with more teenage pregnancy is Latin America and the Caribbean. One out of four births is from a woman under 18 years old. The estimates made by UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund, the World Bank and the World Health Organization warn this unspoken drama that is evident in several countries. This journalistic investigation is a general analysis of what this data shows in particular, from a regional perspective. Over the last decade in Guatemala, on average, 19 out of 100 births are for teenage mothers under 19 years old (1 in 5). The Government has had to take action, but it has not set a goal to control the problem. Nor are there sufficient resources to face this situation. In Colombia, more than one and a half million teenagers became mothers between 2005 and 2014. A number that approximates to the number of students who go to school every day in rural areas of the country. At the national level, progress was made in reducing the rate of adolescents who became mothers, but the rate of births from girls, under the age of 15, increased until 2014 with almost 4 births per thousand girls. In Bolivia, the rate of teenage pregnancies with respect to the total number of pregnancies is alarming. In 2015, the total number of pregnancies was 290 per thousand. Ecuador is the country of the Andean region with the highest number of pregnancies in adolescents. In Latin America it occupies the second place, after Venezuela. The number of girls and adolescents who become mothers grew up to 45% in Peru between 2005 and 2015. Additional team members: César Molinares Melissa Quin Edilma Prada Daniel Suárez Jorge Morelo Pablo Medina Homar Rogel Luis Yamberla Esther Mamani Gloria Meneses Paola Campos Christian López Sergio Medina

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

A digital tool was built after a detailed and rigorous analysis of the data was made. In which the data of the three countries, Colombia, Guatemala and Peru are published and important comparisons are established. The access to the information in Ecuador and Bolivia was difficult, due to the restrictions imposed by governments. Despite this scenario, a large amount of information was accumulated and analyzed. There was a differential factor in conducting an investigation with rural radio and television journalists, as well as representatives of specific ethnic groups, who had better access to populations. A report on teenage pregnancy in the Ministry of Health was made public in Colombia, on the day the investigation was presented. Which gives some peace of mind when the numbers shown another reality that is even more complex. Several non-governmental organizations, with an interest in access to public information and open data, approached to Consejo de Redacción to propose a more effective alliance related to the subject of open data.

Technologies used for this project:

For the analysis of data we use: Python (Jupyter Notebook environment) and R (Jupyter Notebook environment) For data visualizations: HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript (d3.js, mapbox-gl.js, jquery, Bokeh (configured with python), bootstrap.js. This is the tool link: And for the others visualizations we used and tableau.


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