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Youth Migrants in Asia and the Pacific

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The largest number of youth migrants is in Asia and the Pacific, representing 31% of global youth migrants. Most of them migrant in hope for a better life and are eager to contribute economically, culturally and socially. 

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Adolescent Parents in Laos

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In the forests of southern Laos, boys and girls often marry at age 14 or 15, or even younger, and start having children of their own. The key to reducing adolescent pregnancy, UNFPA reports, is enabling more girls to stay in school.

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Adolescent Parents in Laos

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With limited options for schooling, teenagers in some remote villages in southern Laos routinely marry and start the hard work of raising families by age 14 or 15.

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Making Childbirth Safe Again After Haiyian

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Typhoon Haiyan destroyed health centres and hospitals, leaving thousands of displaced pregnant women in the Philippines at risk without a proper place to deliver. UNFPA is working to restore safe delivery and other reproductive health services.

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Keeping Displaced Women Safe and Healthy

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Tens of thousands of Philippine women and girls made homeless by Typhoon Haiyan continue to live in crowded evacuation centres. UNFPA is providing reproductive health care and working to prevent gender-based violence.

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Choose Your Future: Child Marriage in Nepal

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Half of all girls in Nepal are married before the age of 18, an illegal but prevalent practice which denies them access to education and puts them at risk of complications in childbirth from having children too young. 

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Community Midwifery Takes Hold in Laos

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Maternal and infant mortality in Laos are high because too many women give birth without skilled assistance. To address this gap, the country recently began to train and deploy a new cadre of licensed community midwives.

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Working Towards Maternal Health: Why Data Matters

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Reduction of maternal mortality is one of the eight Millennium Development Goals, but progress has been too slow in the Asia-Pacific region, which accounts for 44 percent of global maternal deaths.

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Midwives Make Childbirth Safer in Ifugao

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Ifugao women traditionally have given birth at home, where labour complications can be fatal. But childbirth is becoming safer with the establishment of community birthing centres run by skilled midwives.

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