Teenage mothers (% of women ages 15-19 who have had children or are currently pregnant) - Country Ranking

Definition: Teenage mothers are the percentage of women ages 15-19 who already have children or are currently pregnant.

Source: Demographic and Health Surveys.

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

Find indicator:
Rank Country Value Year
1 Mozambique 46.40 2015
2 Niger 40.40 2012
3 Madagascar 38.90 2016
4 Mali 37.70 2015
5 Central African Republic 36.10 1995
6 Chad 35.90 2015
7 Sierra Leone 35.00 2016
8 Angola 34.50 2016
9 Guinea 34.30 2012
10 Liberia 33.50 2016
11 Congo 32.90 2012
12 Malawi 31.50 2017
12 Nigeria 31.50 2015
14 Bangladesh 30.80 2014
15 Côte d'Ivoire 29.60 2012
16 Zambia 28.50 2014
17 Botswana 28.40 1988
18 Gabon 27.60 2012
19 Dem. Rep. Congo 27.20 2014
20 Burkina Faso 26.80 2014
21 Tanzania 26.40 2017
22 Cameroon 25.20 2011
22 Nicaragua 25.20 2007
24 Uganda 24.80 2016
25 Honduras 24.00 2012
26 El Salvador 22.80 2008
26 São Tomé and Principe 22.80 2009
28 Eswatini 22.60 2007
29 Zimbabwe 21.60 2015
30 Guatemala 20.70 2015
31 Dominican Republic 20.50 2013
32 Benin 20.10 2018
33 Ecuador 19.40 2004
34 Kenya 19.20 2015
35 Lesotho 19.10 2014
36 Namibia 18.60 2013
36 Togo 18.60 2017
38 Guyana 18.00 2009
38 Brazil 18.00 1996
40 Mexico 17.90 1987
40 Bolivia 17.90 2008
42 Ghana 17.80 2016
43 Cabo Verde 17.60 1998
44 The Gambia 17.50 2013
45 Colombia 17.40 2015
46 Lao PDR 17.00 2005
47 Nepal 16.70 2016
48 Senegal 16.40 2017
49 Mauritania 15.80 2001
50 South Africa 15.60 2016
51 Eritrea 14.00 2002
52 Trinidad and Tobago 13.80 1987
53 Jamaica 13.70 2009
54 Peru 13.20 2012
55 Ethiopia 12.50 2016
56 Afghanistan 12.10 2015
57 Cambodia 12.00 2014
58 Paraguay 11.60 2008
59 Comoros 11.30 2012
60 Sudan 10.90 1990
60 Egypt 10.90 2014
62 Yemen 10.70 2013
63 Thailand 10.50 1987
64 Georgia 10.20 2005
65 Haiti 10.00 2017
66 Indonesia 9.50 2012
66 Uzbekistan 9.50 1996
68 Philippines 8.60 2017
69 Burundi 8.30 2017
70 Pakistan 8.10 2018
71 India 7.90 2016
72 Turkey 7.50 2003
73 Kazakhstan 7.10 2006
74 Timor-Leste 6.90 2016
75 Tajikistan 6.80 2017
76 Romania 6.50 1999
76 Morocco 6.50 2004
78 Azerbaijan 6.30 2006
78 Kyrgyz Republic 6.30 2012
80 Rwanda 6.20 2017
81 Moldova 6.10 2005
82 Myanmar 5.90 2016
83 Jordan 5.20 2018
84 Sri Lanka 5.00 1987
85 Turkmenistan 4.30 2000
86 Ukraine 4.20 2007
87 Croatia 3.72 2009
88 Armenia 3.60 2016
89 Albania 3.50 2018
90 Vietnam 3.40 2002
91 Tunisia 2.90 1988

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Development Relevance: Having a child during the teenage years limits girls' opportunities for better education, jobs, and income. Pregnancy is more likely to be unintended during the teenage years, and births are more likely to be premature and are associated with greater risks of complications during delivery and of death. In many countries maternal mortality is a leading cause of death among women of reproductive age, although most of those deaths are preventable. Infants of adolescent mothers are also more likely to have low birth weight, which can have a long-term impact on their health and development. Complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among girls aged 15-19 years in many low- and middle-income countries.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual