Adolescent and Maternal health

Adolescence is a period of transition from childhood to adulthood during which adolescents develop biologically and psychologically and move towards independence. Adolescent sexual and reproductive health refers to the physical and emotional wellbeing of adolescents and includes their ability to remain free from unwanted pregnancyunsafe abortionSTIs (including HIV/AIDS), and all forms of sexual violence and coercion.

Maternal health includes the health of women throughout childbirth, pregnancy and also the postnatal period. It encompasses the healthcare aspects of preconception, prenatal, postnatal care, and family planning. Globally, about 800 women die every day of preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Maternal deaths are now increasingly concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa, where high fertility rates combine with inadequate access to quality antenatal care and skilled attendance at birth to substantially elevate the risk of death in this region.

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