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Teenage pregnancies keeps poverty rate high

21.2% of Dominican female teenagers, ages 15 to 19 years have been or are pregnant, says a report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).

Another 20,558 children under 15 have given birth. The report reveals that 58.6% girls from poor families have spouses before 18.

The Unicef study was presented to the Permanent Human Development Commission of the Chamber of Deputies last week. Researchers concluded that the high rate of teenage pregnancies at early age is the biggest cause of poverty in the Dominican Republic.

The representative of Unicef in the Dominican Republic, Rosa Elcarte says that 26.8% of the children of the poor population segment doesn’t make it to high school and 12.8% of children 5 to 17 years are working at activities that are prohibited for their age.

Source: DR1, Alomomento

Sep 26, 2016

Category: DR News |

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