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Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy 

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The maternal mortality ratio (MMR) for Zimbabwe is extremely high at 960 deaths per 100 000 live births (ZDHS 2010/11) translating to about 10 women dying every day of pregnancy related complications. 

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Promoting Institutional Delivery and Pregnant Women’s Access to Skilled Care 

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This report is a clarion call to decision makers, parents, communities and to the world to end child marriage. It documents the current scope, prevalence and inequities associated with child marriage and highlight that by 2020, Some 142 million girls will be married by their 18th birthday if current trends continue.

This translates into 14.2 million girls married each year, or 37,000 girls married each day. Child marriage jeopardizes girls\' rights and stands in the way of girls living educated, healthy and productive lives. It also excludes girls from fundamental decisions, such as the timing of marriage and choice of spouse. Girls living in rural areas of the developing world are twice as likely to be married before age 18 as their urban counterparts, and girls with no education are over three times more likely to do so than those with secondary or higher education.

The report calls on governments and leaders to end child marriage by:

  • Enacting and enforcing national laws that raise the age of marriage to 18, for both girls and boys.
  • Using data to identify and target geographic \"hotspots\" - areas with high proportions and numbers of girls at risk of child marriage.
  • Expanding prevention programmes that empower girls at risk of child marriage and address the root causes underlying the practice.
  • Mitigating the harmful impact of child marriage on girls.
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All human beings—regardless of age, sex, race or income—are equal in dignity and rights. Yet 222 million women in developing countries are unable to exercise the human right to voluntary family planning.

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All developing regions experienced a decline in MMR between 1990 and 2010, with the highest reduction in the 20-year period in Eastern Asia (69 per cent) followed by Northern Africa (66 per cent), Southern Asia (64 per cent), Sub-Saharan Africa (41 per cent), Latin America and the Caribbean (41 per cent), Oceania (38 per cent) and finally Caucasus and Central Asia (35 per cent). Although the latter region experienced the lowest decline, its already low MMR of 71 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births in 1990 made it more challenging to achieve the same decline as another region with a higher 1990 MMR value.

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Zimbabwe lies just north of the Tropic of Capricorn between the Limpopo and Zambezi rivers. The country is landlocked, bordered by Mozambique on the east, South Africa on the south, Botswana on the west, and Zambia on the north and northwest.

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The United Nations Population Fund ( UNFPA) Zimbabwe Country Office has the pleasure of presenting to you its first newsletter. The year 2012 marks the beginning of the government of Zimbabwe/UNFPA 6th Country Programme (2012-2015), whose main goal is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of the people of Zimbabwe especially women and young people through promoting universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights

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This report summarizes the proceedings and recommendations of the November 2010 global consultation on violence against women

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Good policymaking requires reliable data about people. Information and knowledge about growth, movement, structure, living conditions and spatial distribution of a country’s population are vital for policy formulation, planning and implementation and monitoring and evaluatio

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