Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Expert Group Meeting on Adolescent Pregnancy

10-12 February 2009, Geneva, Switzerland

How can countries reduce the number of deaths of very young mothers and their newborns? How can they prevent too-early pregnancy? How can they improve care for pregnant adolescents, and prevent their social exclusion? These are some of the questions discussed by experts from countries of all regions of the world, WHO staff from headquarters and regional offices, and UN partners, at a meeting in Geneva from 10 to 12 February 2009.

The meeting, organized by the Department of Making Pregnancy Safer in collaboration with the Departments of Child and Adolescent Health and Development (CAH) and Reproductive Health and Research, builds on WHO work on adolescent pregnancy. The experts reviewed a position paper outlining the latest evidence, and discussed issues and remaining gaps in the evidence.

Approximately 40 participants recommended critical areas that countries need to address for the prevention and care of pregnancy in adolescence. The key output was a renewed and inclusive WHO agenda for action at global, regional and country level.

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