Adolescent summit to address teen pregnancy

The Jakarta Post, page 5

The National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN) and the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (JHUCCP) Indonesia are set organize the National Adolescents Summit at the Hyatt Hotel Yogyakarta from March 21 to 23.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are among the stakeholders that will co-organize the three-day national summit.

Scheduled to open on Tuesday evening, the event will bring together academics, experts, international agencies, civil society groups and hundreds of young people from across Indonesia to comprehensively discuss ways to enhance access to quality information on reproductive health for adolescents in a bid to curb teen pregnancy and birth rates among adolescents.

Fitri Putjuk, one of the executives of the organizing committee said the meeting aims to invite all parties to join hands in implementing adolescent programs. Currently, here are so many programs for youth but they are implemented separately by different parties, each with its own target.

Putjuk, who is also the country representative for JHUCC, said the outcome of the summit was expected to be comprehensive program involving all stakeholders, including the government, donor agencies, UN agencies, civil society organization and adolescent groups.

According the Population Census, Indonesia currently has 45.8 million adolescents aged between 10 to 19 years, or 17.9 percent of total population in 2015. In 2010, the figure was 43.5 million, or 18.3 percent.

Data from the Long-Medium Term National Development (RPJM) Survey indicates that access for adolescents to reproductive health information is still low, with no significant improvement between the years 2002-2015. Furthermore, less than 50 percent of adolescents receive information regarding pregnancy and birth issues, such as Family Planning, pregnancy prevention and contraception.

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