Preventing Early Marriage in Bondowoso, East Java
Maternal mortality and teenage pregnancy occur significantly more frequently in Indonesia than in neighboring Asia-Pacific countries. It is estimated that 48 of every 1,000 live births in Indonesia in 2015 was to a teenage mother. Teenage pregnancy is also one of the driving causes of maternal mortality, which remains incredibly high throughout the archipelago, with 359 mothers dying for every 100,000 live births.
Kinerja, a five-year USAID governance project, worked with the Bondowoso government, service providers, and the community to develop a broad program to reduce the frequency of child marriage and improve knowledge of adolescent reproductive health. The program has so far successfully reduced child marriage levels by 18% since 2012, and reduced births to mothers under 20 years of age by 11%.