Why Girls Are More Vulnerable than Older Women

Abstract

Maternal mortality statistics underscore how societies have failed women, especially young women in developing countries. As many as 529,000 women die each year from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. 1 Pregnancy is the leading cause of death for young women ages 15 through 19. 2 The reproductive health of adolescent women depends on biological, social, cultural, and economic factors. Programs must provide education, family planning services, and pre- and postnatal care to reduce morbidity and mortality among young women

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