Open Data: Mother girls

Open Data: Mother girls

Organisation: Consejo de Redacción (Colombia)

Publication Date: 04/10/2017


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.


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