The government drew up the National Strategy to Prevent Teen Pregnancy in order to halve the fertility rate among adolescents aged 15 to 19 by 2030. The strategy is based on eight guiding principles:
- The need for joint efforts and cooperation between the public, private and social sectors and even the international community is recognized.
- Having quality information, education and health services will enable young people to make responsible decisions.
- Preventing unintended pregnancy in adolescents cannot just be women’s responsibility. Men also play an essential role in the exercise of responsible sexuality.
- The strategy encourages the development of skills in youth, so that they can define their long-term goals and act with responsibility, while caring for their health.
- The strategy includes specific lines of action to generate synergies between the authorities at the three levels of government, parents, school communities, health sector personnel and of course the teenagers themselves.
- The strategy regards youth as agents of their own development, fully recognizing their human right to participate, not only as vulnerable persons, but as key players in the transformation of society.
- “Within this strategy, science and empirical evidence occupy a central place in the evolution of the diagnosis of the situation, monitoring actions and measuring results.
- The strategy will continuously improve to increase its effectiveness.