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Guatemala records 3,203 pregnancies among girls aged 10 to 14 during 2021

Guatemala recorded a total of 3,203 pregnancies among girls aged 10 to 14 in the first seven months of 2021, according to a report released by the Observatory of Sexual and Reproductive Health (OSAR) this Monday.

The state unit detailed that in Guatemala this year there were 3,203 pregnancies among girls aged 10 to 14, 35% of them gave birth, that is, in 1,121 cases.

The highest number of pregnancies of girls in this age group occurred in areas with a majority indigenous and farmer population, such as in departments Alta Verapaz (North) reported 440 cases, followed by Huehuetenango (North-West) with 409, Petén (North) with 333 and Quiche (North-West) with 307.

Whereas the departments that recorded the most births were Huehuetenango (172), Alta Verapaz (161), Quiche (104) and Petén (99).

OSAR recorded a total of 65,373 pregnancies among girls and adolescents aged 10 to 19 years from January to July this year, and of these, a total of 33,153 were under the age of 17.

According to the unit, in the first seven months of 2021, Guatemala recorded 42,112 births among women under the age of 19 who gave birth to 33,153 new mothers who were not over the age of 17.

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Figures published by OSAR highlight that the departments that recorded the most pregnancies between January and July 2021 were Alta Verapaz (7,379), Huehuetenango (7,951) and Quiche (5,988).

With regard to births, the highest numbers were recorded in Huehuetenango (5,223), Alta Verapaz (5,047), Guatemala (4,552), Quiche (3,870) and San Marcos (3,541).

During 2020, based on OSAR data, a total of 104,837 pregnancies were recorded among girls and adolescents aged 10 to 19 years and a total of 60,304 births were registered among them.

According to official figures, in Guatemala, a country of 16.3 million inhabitants, 59 percent of the population lives below the poverty line and one in two children suffers from some degree of malnutrition.

According to the Ministry of Public Affairs, the highest crime rate in the Central American country is violence against women.

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