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Impact of Child Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy

Venue: Shanti Ashram
Date: 18th May 2023

Meet the Expert

‘Impact of child marriage and teenage pregnancy’

One of the challenges confronting adolescents is teenage pregnancy. Adolescent pregnancies are a global problem occurring across high, middle and low-income countries. However, adolescent pregnancies are more likely to occur in marginalized communities, commonly driven by poverty and lack of education and employment opportunities. Adolescents who may want to avoid pregnancies may not be able to do so due to knowledge gaps. An additional cause of unintended pregnancy is sexual violence, which is widespread with more than a third of girls in some countries reporting that their first sexual encounter was coerced.
At least 10 million unintended pregnancies occur each year among adolescent girls aged 15- 19 years in developing regions. An additional cause of unintended pregnancy is sexual violence, which is widespread with more than a third of girls in some countries reporting that their first sexual encounter was coerced. This Interactive Knowledge update is an attempt to better understand the health consequences of child marriage and teenage pregnancy.
Problem at a glance:
• Women who are married at the age between 15-17 years are more likely to experience stillbirth, miscarriage, pregnancy complications and post-natal complications
• In India, more than 50% of adolescents who are married before 18 end up giving birth to a baby before they become adults
• During the COVID 19 Pandemic, 1.5 billion children have been affected worldwide, two immediate consequences on children predicted worldwide is the precipitation of child labour and child marriage.
At the International Center for Child and Public Health(ICPH) of Shanti Ashram, our synergy model focuses on providing clinical (curative) and public health (preventive) services to adolescent children and their families, along with investing in research (to identify best practices) and simultaneously building capacities of the healthcare providers and communities seeking to advance adolescent health. This is why Shanti Ashram, has added to its COVID 19 Response and its already implemented 13 interventions, 2 more interventions one to prevent child marriage & teenage pregnancy and the other to prevent child labour.
This is a joint initiative of two committed & socially conscious professional organizations.
Audience will be :
 children between 13 to 18 years of age ,both boys and girls
 Parent Educators
 Care Givers of Children
Profile of the Speaker:
Dr.Lakshmi Shanti is a Senior Paediatrician and an active member of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP), Coimbatore chapter. She has been instrumental in conducting many innovative programmes to ensure better child health, led Adolescent health outreach along with the IAP & ICPH teams in schools and community setting. She currently serves as a Medical Officer in the Coimbatore Municipal Corporation. She has been the President and Secretary of the Adolescent Health Academy.
Dr.Lakshmi Shanti is a close associate of the International Center for Child & Public Health and has served as faculty on training programmes for adolescent boys and girls, awareness sessions for rural parents and technical presentations in our pioneering early childhood development interventions. Her expertise as a Pediatrician is also greatly appreciated in our adolescent health outreach in the service villages of Shanti Ashram.
She is a Graduate from the Coimbatore Medical College and completed her PG Diploma in Adolescent Pediatrics from Kerala University.

For PPt: Child-marriage-Teenage-pregnancy.pdf


Time Events
02.00 p.m Registration
02.30 p.m Interfaith Prayer, Children and ICPH team
02.35 p.m Welcome and Context Setting
Dr.Subhadra Iyengar PhD, Public Health Desk, ICPH
02.40 p.m Impact of Child Marriage and Teen Age Pregnancy
Dr.Lakshmi Shanti, Senior Peadiatrician, Member, Indian Academy of Pediatrics
03.25 p.m Q and A session
03.40 p.m Wrap up
Dr.Kezevino Aram, President, Shanti Ashram