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10 facts on maternal health

A young mother carrying her baby in Thailand.

Fact 4

About 16 million girls aged between 15 and 19 give birth each year

They account for more than 10% of all births. In the developing world, about 90% of the births to adolescents occur in marriage. In low- and middle-income countries, complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among girls 15-19.

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