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Additionally, regional differences reveal unequal progress: adolescent birth rates range from a high of 115 births per 1,000 women in west Africa to 64 births per 1,000 women in Latin America and the Caribbean to 45 births per 1,000 women in south-eastern Asia, to a low of 7 births per 1,000 women in eastern Asia.
Reproductive health has been evaluated on the basis of maternal mortality and adolescent birth rates and economic activity is measured in terms of labour participation rates.
In a statement, experts from United Nations agencies International Planned Parenthood Federation and Plan International and some civil society organizations said that while adolescent birth rates have declined globally, they remained generally stagnant or has been increasing in Southeast Asia.
Some of the important factors that have been identified as major culprits include: shortage of properly trained healthcare workforce (according to the Ministry of Health there are very few trained midwives to attend to deliveries and the country has fewer than 200 medical doctors for a population that is now estimated to be over 10 million); substandard health care facilities; early forced marriages, which lead to extremely high adolescent birth rate, estimated to be 300 /1,000 births (UN agencies have declared that in South Sudan a 15 year old girl is more likely to die from childbirth than finish school); low vaccination coverage; poor sanitation that leads to all kinds of infections; extraneous duties during pregnancy and many other factors.
Summary: Lebanon's adolescent birth rate is well below that of developing countries as a whole, according to statistics issued by the U.N.
MDG 5 has four indicators-the contraceptive prevalence rate, adolescent birth rate, antenatal care coverage and family planning needs.
This report reveals that preterm births declined for the fourth straight year and that the adolescent birth rate declined.
The adolescent birth rate declined for the second consecutive year, preterm births declined for the third consecutive year, adolescent injury deaths declined, and fewer 12th graders binge drank, according to the federal governmenta[euro](tm)s annual statistical report on the well-being of the nation's children and youth.
The adolescent birth rate also stands at 45 -- the number of births per thousand women between the ages of 15 and 19 years.
The entry of women into the labour force in large numbers was also a crucial factor in reducing adolescent birth rate, according to MDG Qatar 2010.
Since 1991, the adolescent birth rate has dropped by more than two-fifths, from 39 births for every 1,000 girls.
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