Adolescent pregnancy in Peru: its current situation and implications for public policies

Authors

  • Walter Mendoza Fondo de Población de las Naciones Unidas (UNFPA). Lima, Perú. Médico cirujano.
  • Gracia Subiría Fondo de Población de las Naciones Unidas (UNFPA). Lima, Perú. médica ginecoobstetra.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2013.303.286

Keywords:

Pregnancy in adolescence, Public policies, Poverty, Peru

Abstract

This article ellaborates on the relation between peruvian pregnant adolescents of 15 to 19 years of age and poverty, malnutrition and social exclusion, proposing alternatives for their medical care within the frame of social programs and the fight against poverty. Likewise, it describes and analyzes the trends recorded over the past 20 years, emphasizing the multiple and persistent inequalities. Over this period, prevalences have not changed substantially, despite a slight drop recorded in the rural area. First, the article analyzes these trends in the light of their closest determinants, including changes in teenagers’ exposure to the risk of an unplanned pregnancy. Then, it describes the impact this situation has on adolescents and their children, as well as the economic and labour impacts. Finally, it examines the experiences of countries with social programs similar to the one in Peru, highlighting those which could be implemented in our country.

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Published

2014-03-11

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Symposium

How to Cite

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Mendoza W, Subiría G. Adolescent pregnancy in Peru: its current situation and implications for public policies. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2014 Mar. 11 [cited 2024 May 27];30(3). Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/286