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Fertility and reproductive health

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Although fertility has generally fallen in Latin American and Caribbean countries, major differences persist in the number of children that women have, depending on their socioeconomic status, educational level and ethnic origin. The increase in adolescent pregnancy is a cause for concern, since it has a profound impact on education and the opportunities available to young people. CELADE has devoted special attention to this issue, by providing direct technical assistance to the region’s countries and by lending technical support for the prevention of adolescent pregnancy.