Schoolgirl pregnancies cost Panama $525 million in a year

 
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Teen pregnancies in Panama in 2019 represented a cost to the country of $525 million says a report on socio-economic consequences of teenage pregnancy in Panama , prepared by the  UN Population Fund.

 José Manuel Pérez a representative in Panama of the Population Fund, said that the amount is equivalent to what the State would lose if the Canal stopped working for more than three months. "If measures are not taken, the consequences of not addressing the issue can generate irreversible economic losses," he said

Of that amount, $495 million correspond to the socioeconomic cost, which includes factors such as the opportunity cost per work activity, the opportunity cost of work income, and the opportunity cost per job.

The health cost includes $15.3 million for social loss due to maternal mortality and health care expenses for adolescent pregnancies. Also, on the tax impact, $15 million for foregone income.

In 2019, the Panama Canal Authority transferred $1.824.1 billion to the national treasury. The figure is equivalent to almost $5 million per day of operation of the Canal, said Perez.

Every action to prevent teenage pregnancy is an act to ensure the development and growth of the country. "If measures are not taken, the consequences of not dealing with adolescent pregnancy can generate irreversible economic losses, both for girls and adolescents and for the country as a whole," said Pérez,

The reports presented by Unfpa and the Ministry of Health (Minsa) show alarming figures for teenage pregnancies since the fertility rate for young people between 15 and 19 years of age is 67.2 live births for every 1,000 women.

Statistics from the Comptroller General of the Republic show that in 2019 there were 11,809 live births in adolescent mothers (15 to 19 years old)

The resident coordinator of the United Nations system in Panama, Cristian Munduate, remarked that teenage pregnancy is linked to poverty and the reproduction of social inequalities; at the same time, it reflects situations of sexual violence and abuse, and that early motherhood is linked to the difficulties in creating a protective and stimulating home environment for children.

Last year, according to data from Minsa, 9,724 young people between the ages of 10 and 19 entered prenatal care in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic - at their dependency facilities. There are 5,072 young people more than those who entered control in 2019 when there were 4,652. These statistics do not include the population that received care in the Social Security Fund or in private clinics.

Sex education
Currently, in a National Assembly Committee bill, 657 is under analysis, aiming to establish an education program for the prevention of pregnancies in minors, sexually transmitted infections, and sexual crimes.

The legislative initiative was presented on August 4 by independent deputies Gabriel Silva and Juan Diego Vásquez.

Since 2008, there have been three controversies unleashed in the country around comprehensive sexual education, from the presentation before the National Assembly of different bills that sought, to adopt public policies inherent to the issue reports La Prensa. They have all been stalled by church groups who bring thousand of protestors on the streets.

 

 

 

 



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I taught Sexual Education to high school students for many years. The goal is not to teach not to have sex as a child but why it is important to wait to have sex until we are adults. The more information you give students about this subject the better decisions the students will make for themselves including how to protect themselves from pregnancy and 36 different sexual transmitted diseases. After we included this curriculum into our health classes, pregnancy among the students dropped 400%. It is all about educating our young people to be responsible about their own bodies.

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Panama: Jobs and Joblessness is a Structural Nighmare. Kids grow up into a confusing world of values. Man drinks and smokes around kids, they drink and smoke. Kids are left unattended and they feel abandoned. Kids have no direction and play bare footed on a deserted ground. Sure, the girls get pregnant! Report comes out, blames it on the kids and now, they're stigmatized! It's all violence for the 15-year-old and someone goes to jail, some 18-year-old. Now, the 18-year-old is prison sentenced stigmatized with a traumatic experience. What should be the structure for society? Let's teach the kids Math and English and Panama's wonderful history. They go home and the kids with straight A's will go on to become successful and rich! Just work hard and read all about, oh, the birds and the bees and uh, birth control pills. The parents are ready to call the police and boy do they catch em, gotch ya, you pervert! Let's see child support and pregnancy expenses and hey kid, you better get to work! The wonderful days of Panama, a tourist's Paradise. Better start selling roasted nuts and ice sweet drinks in the blazing heat of Panama, great job. What could the government do to stem the losses of $525 million to help the kids? First, the kids need a quiet environment away from their parent's smoke, drinks and arguments. Kids need a safe place to study with possible mentors for their school work assignments. Kids need to start with a basic background of learning how to write essays and science reports. Kids go to school and maybe 1% or 2% percent achieve good grades. Rest of the kids look beat and worn out. Too much washing dishes and cooking? The Panama National Assembly get wealthy with all kinds of resources using creative financing. Let's see what can I do with a $100,000 new vehicle provides as a gift to 71 deputies? Oh, I know, start a business making $100,000 a year using State fund resources. It's easy, pay someone to do all the work and I'll collect the majority of the revenues. I can always right off my business losses with my non-Transparent Comptroller General! Those kids are costing the economy $525 million, hey did you hear the news? Terrible! I found a glamorous chic and I wouldn't be caught dead with one of those pregnant kids! What will it be the bar tender says? Oh, sorry I was day dreaming... Scotch on the rock or Jack Daniels or whatever you have for wealth Panamanians! My wife is going to kill me if she sees this lipstick on my collar and face. Oh, thanks for pointing out the hickey (intense suction) from that girl last night, that was close. I got to get checked out, possible venereal disease, great, my wife will kill me! Bar tender, hey, how your kid? Oh, kid's great just great. What team won that football last night? School counselor... Your kid is failing but he's great at sport. Yeah, that's my son! In other words, there is no structure in government and the schools! A parent dies of lung cancer and the kid goes to a foster home and sexually abuse. Catholic churches nurture the kids and come out sexually abused. Kids in foster care funds depleted, just $90,000 for their lunches and other needs. What was that report? Pregnant girls and women cost the State $525 million? Wow, that terrible! Does anyone check out the parent's ability to raise children? How many parents have the ability to raise their children in a safe and quiet environment? How much football does a parent watch with beer parties and pizza all night? Who does the parent invite in the house to go up to their children's bedroom? Parents fight back and are fuming! Don't you tell me how to raise my kids!!! But Sir, it's costing the State $525 million! I don't care, you can shove it up your a...! Well, that's your typical jungle attitude from the wild streets of Panama. Hey, did you see that car! You will never have a car like that unless you rob a bank! Panama National Assembly? As always, blame the economic downturn on the most vulnerable, kids!

1 month ago
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Oh ya

The church has no place in making school policy. Kick them out and get to educating the kids on what they need to be useful in life

1 month ago
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