At least 1,000 girls aged 14 or younger gave birth in Paraguay between 2019 and 2020, says Amnesty

At least 1,000 girls aged 14 or younger gave birth in Paraguay between 2019 and 2020, says Amnesty, making the country the world’s second most dangerous place to become a mother

At least 1,000 girls aged 14 or younger gave birth in Paraguay between 2019 and 2020, says Amnesty

At least 1,000 girls aged 14 or younger gave birth in Paraguay between 2019 and 2020, the world’s second-most dangerous place to become a mother, Amnesty International has found.

The estimated 1,058 births made Paraguay the second most dangerous place for a woman to give birth in the world, after Yemen, where around 30 girls aged 14 or younger give birth each week, according to World Health Organisation data.

Argentina is the world’s most dangerous place for girls aged 14 or younger to give birth. According to Amnesty, there were at least 26,000 births in that country between 2009 and 2013.

As a result of the alarming rate of births, Amnesty says, Paraguay’s maternal mortality rate has risen to 161 per 100,000 women from 132 in 2015.

The rights group said the latest research could also show that the vaccination rates for H1N1, a new strain of flu, were not as high as they should be, and therefore suggested that the rate of teenage pregnancies was only exacerbated by the virus.

• This article was amended on 7 October 2019 to add Argentina as the world’s most dangerous place for girls aged 14 or younger to give birth.

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