The Provision of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Services: The View of Indonesian Moslem Scholar

By: Musdah Mulia

The Current Condition of Adolescent and Youth

Nowadays we have more than 7 billion people in the world; with young people between the ages 10 and 24 accounting for nearly half that number. Eighty-five percent of young people live in developing societies and face grave health concerns, including sexual and
reproductive health that have grave implications on access to information, services, and resources.

Today, among 240 million population in Indonesia, almost 60 million are adolescent and youth. Data from a survey of young adults in four provinces in Indonesia argues that 12 percent of ever-married men and 5 per cent of ever-married women say that they had sex before marriage, yet only 3 per cent of unmarried men and less than 1 per cent of unmarried women report having had sex. There is about 3 million unsafe abortions were performed globally every year on adolescents in the 15-19 age group. On the other hand, that age group gave birth to 16 million babies annually.


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