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Family planning: the adolescent imperative

Author: Nicola Jones and Elizabeth Presler-Marshall Organisation: Overseas Development Institute Year: 2017

16 million adolescent girls become mothers each year, and nearly all them live in developing countries and were married as children. With life-long consequences for girls and their children, child marriage and adolescent pregnancy are a challenge of international urgency.

This policy brief calls for four key actions to meet this challenge:

  • More funding to match the scale of the challenge
  • More efforts to challenge the norms that support child marriage
  • More tailored strategies to curb child marriage and adolescent pregnancies across countries
  • More data disaggregated by age to track our progress, and more comprehensive sex education to sustain our efforts

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