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Basic Profile of Early Childbirth in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Chata Malé and Quentin Wodon

No 105915, Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Knowledge Briefs from The World Bank

Abstract: Measures of early childbirth are high in the Republic of Congo. The share of women ages 18-22 who had a child before 18 is 31.8 percent, and it has decreased only slightly over time. The share of girls with a child before the age of 15 has also decreased slightly. Early childbirth is associated with lower wealth, lower education levels, and employment without cash earnings. These are however only correlations, not necessarily causal effects. In order to design programs and policies to reduce the prevalence of early childbirth, information is needed on its trend over time, where it is most prevalent in a country, and what the characteristics of girls giving birth early are. This brief was produced as part of the Child Marriage Series.

Keywords: birth; childbirth; urban girls; live birth; early pregnancy; policies; woman; first child; age; child marriage; births; age groups; labor force; childbirths; urban areas ... See More + prevalence; effects; early marriage for girls; health; nutrition; mother; bulletin; health risks; policy; first birth; knowledge; development; number of girls; children; level of education; education; population knowledge; life; rural areas; young women; first marriage; all; population; productivity; girls; violence; fertility; marriage; women; younger girls; early childbirth; early marriage; rural girls; pregnancy; age at marriage; child marriage series (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 4 pages
Date: 2016-03
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