Situation Analysis of Adolescent Pregnancy in Thailand

This situation analysis documents current trends in adolescent pregnancy/parenthood; summarizes key laws and policies in Thailand

Situation Analysis of Adolescent Pregnancy in Thailand
UNICEF Thailand

Highlights

The combination of increased adolescent pregnancy and decreasing contraception use in Thailand has caused local experts in numerous fields to take notice. While Thailand demonstrated great success in increasing contraceptive prevalence from 1969 to 2006, progress stalled from 2006 to 2009. Contraceptive prevalence decreased 2.5 percentage points (from 81.1 per cent in 2006 to 78.6 per cent in 2011) according to the UNFPA. Similarly, adolescent fertility rates among 15 to 19-year-olds in Thailand rose from 39.7 per 1,000 in 1996 to 53.6 in 2011. It is also important to note that an estimated 129,541 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 became mothers in 2013, and an additional 3,725 girls under the age of 15 became mothers in the same year. Adolescent pregnancy has increased to such a level in Thailand in recent years that for every 1,000 live births, 60 are to adolescent females.

Situation Analysis of Adolescent Pregnancy in Thailand
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UNICEF Thailand
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English, Thai

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