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In Brazil, the country with the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Latin America, the government is trying to send out a new message: stop, reflect, enjoy your teens - and do not get pregnant. It is a novel approach, but one they hope will bring down the rate once and for all. The campaign is called "Adolescence first, pregnancy after". It is jointly run by the health ministry and the ministry of women, family and human rights. And they are targeting their audience on social media using the hashtag tudonoseutempo all in good time.

A New Look at Teenage Pregnancy in Brazil

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Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. This paper brings a synthesis of some of the main results provided by GRAVAD survey Teenage pregnancy: multicentric study about youth, sexuality and reproduction in Brazil. GRAVAD is a study about sexual and reproductive behavior among Brazilian youth that interviewed 4, individuals in a population survey with a random sample. Women and men between 18 and 24 years old were interviewed in three capitals—Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador. It is often ignored that amidst the poorer social segments parenthood is seen as a sign of social status, given the lack of professional perspectives.

The Brazilian Goverment's Attempt to Lower Teen Pregnancies

Brazil has the highest teenage pregnancy rate among all other countries in Latin America. This led the Brazilian government to send a strong message to its teens that they have to stop, reflect, and enjoy their lives without getting pregnant. The government hopes that one day they can decrease the teen pregnancy rate of the country.
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