Journal article

Improving Adolescent Reproductive Health in Asia and the Pacific: Do We Have the Data? A Review of DHS and MICS Surveys in Nine Countries

Natalie Gray, Peter Azzopardi, Elissa Kennedy, Elise Willersdorf, Mick Creati



Data on adolescent reproductive health (ARH) are required to inform evidence-based policies and programs. The reports of national-level household surveys such as the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) and Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) are important sources of such data in developing countries. The aim of this study was to map data on ARH from DHS and MICS reports from selected countries in the Asia and Pacific regions. The DHS and MICS reports for Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu, and Vietnam were reviewed. Data on 128 indicators, including ARH outcomes, outcomes for babies of adolescent mothers, and adolescents..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This review was funded by AusAID under the Knowledge Hubs for Health Initiative. Compass: the Women's and Children's Health Knowledge Hub is a collaboration between the Centre for International Health, Burnet Institute, the University of Melbourne's Centre for International Child Health, and Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin. The views presented here are those of the authors and do not represent any official position of AusAID or the Australian government.