Good Health and Well-being
Teenage pregnancy presents further risks for both the mom and the baby. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), pregnancy complications, such as hemorrhages, sepsis, obstructed labor and informal abortions, are the second leading cause of death among women aged 15 to 19. On the other hand, the child of a teenager is more likely to have low birth weight and morbidity in the perinatal period (including congenital malformations), and later, a greater probability of malnutrition and retardation in psychomotor and affective development.
Therefore, we concentrate our efforts on the prevention of maternal mortality and subsequent pregnancy, through education and access to sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning; and the care of the babies is focused on the prevention of preventable diseases and the progress towards integral development.
On the other hand, according to a study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) of the University of Washington, which used data from 175 countries obtained between 1970 and 2009, for each additional year of training of women of reproductive age, infant mortality decreased by 9.5%. At the Juanfe Foundation, we urge the adolescents to finish their secondary education and then we offer them different technical careers, thus influencing the health of their children.
So far, we have work with 4,326 teenage mothers and 1,700 babies in Cartagena, and 250 teenage mothers and their babies in Medellín. In addition, we saved the lives of 4,449 children under one year old between 2002 and 2017, through the Crib Sponsoring Program.
Our actions are oriented to goals 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, and 3.7 of the GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).