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UNFPA: Stop unplanned pregnancies

Tevita Vuibau
Friday, June 27, 2014

THE UNFPA is encouraging youths to use contraception in light of what it says are high teenage pregnancy rates and low condom use in young men.

Speaking as a member of the first plenary, UNFPA Pacific Sub-Regional Office director and representative Dr Laurent Zessler said while there was a general improvement in terms of related services for Fiji's youth population, there were too many teenagers having unplanned pregnancies.

"We have low condom use; it seems that young men in particular don't want to use condoms despite the fact that condoms are available. Condoms are available and they protect you," Dr Zessler said.

"We applaud the Ministry of Health for this wellbeing program and trying to and succeeding in having friendly service for young people. We know that sometime we lack data related to youth, issues related to alcohol and drug-use.

"(For) teenage pregnancy, the situation not only in Fiji but other countries is we still have teenagers that are pregnant and we have five countries in the Pacific that are above the world average; that's an issue that we have to address collectively in the Pacific."








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