Pregnancy is the biggest killer of teenage girls worldwide

Every year one million teenage girls die or suffer serious injury, infection or disease due to pregnancy or childbirth, according to our new report launched today. That's why we need world leaders to act at a crucial Family Planning Summit on 11 July.

Wednesday 27 June 2012

Our report, Every Woman's Right: How Family Planning Saves Lives, highlights the fact that girls under 15 are five times more likely to die in pregnancy than women in their 20s. Babies born to younger mums are also at far greater risk and around one million babies born to adolescent girls die every year - babies are 60% more likely to die if their mother is under 18.

Read the full report

Listen to the BBC Today programme's Sarah Montague talking to pregnant teenagers at one of our clinics in Liberia

In many countries it is normal for young girls to be married off and quickly fall pregnant before their bodies have sufficiently developed, according to the report.

More than 200 million women around the world who don’t want to get pregnant currently don’t have access contraception. This results in 82.3 million unintended or mistimed pregnancies in developing countries every year.

What you can do

Next month's London Family Planning Summit offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help girls and women make decisions over when and whether to have babies.

We're urging world leaders to increase the global availability of contraceptives. But while providing more condoms, injections and pills is crucial, it's not enough. So too is making sure that women are empowered to decide when to have children through education and the law.

Join our campaign to make sure world leaders act on both fronts at July's London Family Planning Summit.

Sign our petition to summit host David Cameron.