Marie Stopes Bolivia: A focus on youth
Marie Stopes Bolivia goes the extra mile to reach young women and men in need of sexual and reproductive health services.
The outlook for young women in Latin America trying to navigating their sexual and reproductive health is dire. According to the Guttmacher Institute’s recent report entitled Adding it Up: Costs and Benefits of Meeting the Contraceptive Needs of Adolescents, one in three teenage girls (15-19 years of age) in Latin America have an unmet need for modern contraception.
In Bolivia, the need for education and access to contraception is particularly acute. According to the National Demographic and Health Survey (ENDSA 2008), about 18% of young women between the ages of 15 and 19 are pregnant or already mothers. Nearly 250 babies are born to women under the age of 20 every day in Bolivia, totaling an estimated 90,000 teen pregnancies each year. Of these pregnancies, a staggering 70% were unplanned.
Marie Stopes Bolivia has become a leader in meeting the needs of young people through several youth-focused programs: