We must invest in our adolescents and enable them to make decisions that are based on opportunities, not limitations.
— Ambassador Luis Enrique Chávez Basagoitia,
Permanent Mission of Peru to the United Nations
The Ministry of Health in Peru is committed to driving progress for reproductive health and rights for all women and girls. Peru has seen many improvements in the quality and availability of reproductive health services in the past 30 years. Although the modern contraceptive prevalence rate (MCPR) has nearly tripled in that period of time, health disparities still exist between women with and without access to quality reproductive health services. Many women and girls who live in geographically isolated communities in the Andes Mountains and the Amazon basin, as well as those living in underserved areas outside of major cities, continue to lack access to care; for adolescent girls, in particular, the absence of reachable services correlated to a rise in adolescent pregnancy.
The Resolve Award
The Resolve Award celebrates country-level, public sector leadership in driving innovations in reproductive health policy development, service delivery, and financing mechanisms. The Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health recognizes national governments for their leadership and for serving as the hub around which civil society, the private sector, donors, and so many others engage.
Peru was a recipient of the 2014 Resolve Award for its innovative, multisectoral strategy for preventing adolescent pregnancy. The 2013 official plan addressed 5 main objective headed by collaborating Ministries, signifying a government-level commitment to driving national change.
The Ministry of Health expects:
• 20% reduction in adolescent pregnancies
• 30% increase in adolescents who complete secondary school
• 50% increase in the use of modern contraceptive methods among sexually active adolescents and young mothers
• 20% reduction of violence and allegations of sexual violence