Renewed efforts to prevent teen pregnancy from Andean governments

October 2010

Meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, Ministers of Health representing countries in the Andean region of South America renewed their governments’ commitment to reducing teen pregnancy. They resolved to continue working together to redress the tragedy of maternal mortality among adolescents, particularly in indigenous communities; to focus on preventing teen pregnancy in the 10-14 age group; and to address the problem of violence and sexual abuse among teens. In addition, the ministers recommended conducting a study of norms and policies regulating sexual and reproductive health services for adolescence, with a view to improve access.

Since 2008, and with the support of the United Nations Population Fund—UNFPA, FCI has been a technical partner in the implementation of the Plan Andino para la Prevención del Embarazo en Adolescentes (Plan to Reduce Teenage Pregnancy in the Andean Region), fostering access to information and exchange of resources and strengthening mechanisms for youth participation in the shaping of public policies. In early 2011, FCI and the Plan Andino published a guide to best practices for preventing adolescent pregnancy, representing the experience of six Andean region Ministries of Health and a range of civil society partners.

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