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Jakarta Post

Sex education urgent as pregnancy widespread among teens

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 27 2018   /  01:10 am

In an bid to prevent high-risk teen pregnancy, family planning organization Dharmendra Kumar Tyagi (DKT) Indonesia is moving forward with a plan to educate thousands of high school and university students across the country about reproductive health.

DKT Indonesia strategic planning manager Aditya A. Putra said that married teen couples in Indonesia — aged between 15 and 19 — were less aware about contraception than those aged 20 and above.

The 2017 Indonesian Demographic Health Survey revealed that 43.8 percent of married couples aged between 15 and 19 used birth control, such as condoms, contraceptive pills and intrauterine devices (IUDs), while use is more widespread among couples aged 20 to 24, 25 to 29, 30 to 34 and 35 to 39.

Fifty-five to 61 percent of married couples in each of the population brackets use contraceptives.

With many young married coup...