This STEP UP research report examined the prevalence and basic underlying factors of unintended pregnancy among married adolescent girls in five urban slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The specific objectives of the study were to: 1) document the prevalence of unintended pregnancy among married adolescent girls aged 15–19 years living in urban slums of Dhaka; 2) identify the factors associated with or which contribute to unintended pregnancy among urban married adolescent girls; 3) estimate the proportion of married adolescent girls who have an unmet need for family planning (FP) services; and 4) explore the barriers to access and effective use of FP and menstrual regulation services among married adolescent girls in urban slums. The report details findings and suggests a number of programmatic actions based on these results.
Akhter Huda, Fauzia, Sabiha Chowdhuri, Bidhan Krishna Sarker, Noushin Islam, and Anisuddin Ahmed. 2014. "Prevalence of unintended pregnancy and needs for family planning among married adolescent girls living in urban slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh," STEP UP Research Report. Dhaka: icddr,b.
Strengthening Evidence for Programming on Unintended Pregnancy (STEP UP)
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