Global Health Observatory (GHO) data

Adolescent fertility


Very young adolescents are more likely to experience complications during pregnancy and childbirth than adult women and are at greater risk of maternal-related death. The infants of adolescent mothers are at higher risk of mortality and morbidity. The adolescent fertility rate (births per 1000 women aged 15–19 years in 2012) was highest in the WHO African Region (116) and in low-income countries (112) compared with a global average of 50.