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J Adolesc Health. 2013 May;52(5):517-22. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.03.002.

WHO guidelines on preventing early pregnancy and poor reproductive outcomes among adolescents in developing countries.

Abstract

Adolescent pregnancy and its consequences represent a major public health concern in many low-middle income countries of the world. The World Health Organization has recently developed evidence-based guidelines addressing six areas: preventing early marriage; preventing early pregnancy through sexuality education, increasing education opportunities and economic and social support programs; increasing the use of contraception; reducing coerced sex; preventing unsafe abortion; and increasing the use of prenatal care childbirth and postpartum care. In each of these areas, World Health Organization recommends directions for future research. The summary concludes with a brief look at global and regional initiatives that provide a window of opportunity for stepping up action in this important area.

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