Now Is the Time to Address the Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Youth

There are more young people in the world today than at any other point in history. That means the world needs to prioritize the sexual and reproductive health of young people immediately, because the world can’t afford to wait. Our latest policy brief explains what barriers young people face in accessing reproductive health care, and how we can help them break through.

Some fast facts from our policy brief:

  • In 2014, the world’s population reached 7.2 billion people — more than 40 percent are under the age of 24, and about one quarter are under the age of 15. Most of these young people, who are entering reproductive age, live in the developing world.
  • Unmet need for contraception among adolescents is as high as 60 percent in some areas of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
  • Nearly one in five girls in the developing world becomes pregnant before the age of 18, and nearly two million girls under the age of 15 give birth each year.

 

It’s clear that there’s no time to waste in prioritizing youth. Read our full policy brief for more details.