South Korea assists DR in reducing teenage pregnancies

The Ministry of Economy & Planning announced that Deputy Minister Olaya Dotel is in South Korea to exchange experiences on pregnancy prevention and comprehensive adolescent health care. Dotel is in charge of international cooperation at the ministry. She is the head of a mission that is making a high-level visit to South Korea.

The Ministry of Economy & Planning explains that the visit is part of the project “Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy and Strengthening of Comprehensive Adolescent Health in the Dominican Republic,” underway with the assistance of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). The project is in its third stage.

The schedule of visits and meetings is:
Monday, 22 May:
Ministry of Gender Equality and Family of South Korea.
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

Tuesday, 23 May:
Center for Sexual Education and Orientation for Youth (Aha Center).

Wednesday, 24 May:
Korean Institute for Gender Equality Promotion and Education.
Korean Population Health and Welfare Association.

Thursday, 25 May:
Korea Women’s Development Institute and the Ewha Women’s University.

Saturday, 27 May:
Seoul National University

Teenage pregnancy is also a priority for the Ministry of Education and the Cabinet for Children of the Abinader administration. According to recent statistics, 32% of young women in the Dominican Republic will be in a teenager cohabitation relationship by 18 and 9% before the age of 15, with the risk of teenage pregnancy, gender-based violence and missed opportunities to overcome poverty. Child marriages are banned in the Dominican Republic.

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24 May 2023