Situation in South-East Asia Region
Adolescent health programmes in the Member States of the South-East Asia Region of WHO have progressively evolved over the last decade. Adolescent pregnancy has been identified as one of the major public health challenges and has implications for achievement of Millennium Development Goals 4, 5 and 6. It has been experienced that nationally representative strategic information related to adolescent sexual and reproductive health including adolescent pregnancy is difficult to obtain.
This publication presents prevalence and trends on adolescent pregnancy and related health issues in the form of country factsheets and a regional summary. The data and information has been obtained from the most recent existing sources in the countries including national demographic and health surveys (DHS), reproductive health surveys, multiple indicator cluster surveys (MICS), among others.
This information will be useful for various stakeholders in the Member States of the Region in prioritizing and planning their national health actions for prevention and management of adolescent pregnancy and contributing to progress in achievement of MDGs4,5 and 6 as well as progress beyond 2015.