Childbirth is the world’s biggest killer of teenagers

Childbirth kills more teenagers than anything else, says Save the Children

Teenagers are five times more likely to die giving birth than mothers in their 20s, a new study has found.

According to charity Save the Children, some 570,000 newborn babies and 79,000 mothers are dying each year due to family planning failures.

They also found that as many as 222m women across the world have no access to contraception, leading to 79m unwanted pregnancies a year.

Chief executive Justin Forsyth says: ‘The issue of children having children and dying because their bodies are too immature to deliver the baby is a global scandal.

‘Family planning isn’t a lifestyle choice – children’s lives depend on it.’

The report will be presented at a family planning summit in London on July 11. One of the aims of the summit is to halve the number of women unable to access contraception in the developing world.

It is estimated that one in five women across the world give birth before the age of 18.

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