The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reported on Thursday that, according to its estimates, the Mexican government stops collecting 1 per year.1,265 million pesos (about 526 million USD) due to teenage pregnancies.
“In economic terms, teen pregnancy has a huge impact on the country, as the state ends up collecting 11,265 million pesos (about 526 million USD) annually, which represents 0.27% of the country’s GDPIvan Castellanos, UNFPA National Program Officer for Population, Development and Youth.
He specified that in Mexico, approximately 390,000 teen pregnancies There are more than 10,000 each year and in children under the age of 15.
They confirmed that this produces an effect in five dimensions, because when teens experience pregnancy, they have 35% less income than women who postpone motherhood, while only 6.68% of adolescent mothers reach postgraduate study.
Similarly, they specified that school dropout and educational backwardness represent an estimated cost of approximately US$1500 million.
“Summary, The educational achievement of mothers who have been adolescents is as follows“They receive less income, have more precarious jobs and have higher levels of unemployment”, mourned Castellanos.
Carlos Andres Letztic, Women’s Health Medical Manager at Pfizer Mexico, specified that there has been a decrease in the onset of sex life in the last decade, since it started at the average age of 18 in 2011, now young people have started to have 17 and sex alone 15% use birth control for the first time.
He pointed out that teen pregnancy carries several risks such as the risk of dying if a pregnancy occurs before the age of 20 “and in the case of children younger than that.” 15 years risk is five times,
In addition to inadequate control, the risk of miscarriage, incomplete pregnancy and postpartum depression.
In this context, Maxfam, with UNFPA, Pfizer and other associations presented a digital platform that seeks to inform, guide and reduce teen pregnancy.