Although Thailand is classified as an upper middle-income country, with aspirations to reach fully developed status within the next 20 years, its teenage pregnancy statistics remain high. About 1.6 million babies were born to teenage mothers over the last 15 years, with a 54% increase from 2000 to 2014. In Thailand, as in so many countries across Asia and the Pacific, access to vital and comprehensive sex education at a young age is difficult, as is access to sexual and reproductive health services for young people.
Ten months ago, Mae Esparcia, 30, gave birth to her first child in Cavite, Philippines. After her delivery, Esparcia, a garment factory worker, decided to start using contraceptive pills, which she received for free from her workplace. Millions of other Filipino women would also like to plan the timing and the size of their families, but are unable to do so amid a sociocultural context long hostile to family planning, including modern contraception for which 18% of married women have an unmet need."
Read article by Bjorn Andersson from World Economic Forum.