Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Teenage Pregnancy In Nigeria Perpetrates Health Risks and Poverty

According to the United Nations 53,000 women in Nigeria die annually of pregnancy-related illnesses. That is one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.
Many are teenaged mothers in a country with one of the world's highest adolescent fertility rates. A large percentage of these deaths are teenage mothers. Nigeria also has one of the highest adolescent fertility rates in the world. VOA's Brian Padden talked to doctors and youth counselors in Nigeria who say teenage mothers are more at risk because of poverty, lack of access to health care and a culture that does not like to talk about sex.