Romania has the highest number of births in the European Union with mothers between 10 and 17 years of age (9,282 births, or 4.7% of all births in 2015, of which 676 were between 10 and 14), according to Eurostat data , quoted by ‘Save the Children Romania’.
“The effect comes from lack of access to care and education for sexual and reproductive health, the birth rate among teenagers between 15 and 19 is most worrying, with Romania recording 34 births per 1,000 adolescents,” the organization informs in a press release. In addition, there were 34 births per 1,000 teenagers aged 15-19 in the same year.
Only in Bulgaria and Georgia have a higher birth rate among adolescents – 36.8 and 38.3 per 1,000 adolescents aged between 15 and 19.
“It is an alarm bell that Romania faces a higher number of teenage births than states like Rwanda (25.6), Trinidad Tobago (30.8), United Arab Emirates (30.1), Uzbekistan (17.6), Albania (21.8), Bahamas (28.7), Botswana (31), Burundi (27.9), Djibouti (21.3), Mauritius (28.3),” the quoted source informs.
This situation has led the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to draw the attention to the Romanian government on the urgency of adopting a national strategy to ensure access to sexual education and reproductive health counselling for the teenagers in the country.