MYANMAR LEADER CALLS FOR MEASURES TO PREVENT TEEN MARRIAGES, PREGNANCY

12 Jul 2013 11:19
YANGON, July 12 (Bernama) -- Myanmar Vice President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham has called for measures preventing under-18 marriages and pregnancy before the age of 20, official media reported Friday. The number of girls aged between 15 and 19 has reached about 2.9 million out of 60 million population in Myanmar, Xinhua news agency quoted reports as saying. A health survey found that out of 1,000 teenage girls between 15 and 19 years old, around 17 have given birth every year in the last five years. Sai said during a function on population in Nay Pyi Taw that Myanmar has been implementing tasks for reproductive health, adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development, as part of efforts to reduce mortality rate of pregnant mothers and children below five years old. Sai also emphasised the need to face socio-economic challenges as the country's aged population increases, with the number expected to reach 10 percent of the country's population in 2015. Myanmar will conduct a population and housing census in 2014 with technical support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). --BERNAMA EE