Americas & Caribbean

Three young children outside their home in PatzAºn, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. © 2009 Olga Santizo, Courtesy of Photoshare

There are roughly 155 million young people ages 10 to 24 living in Latin America and the Caribbean—about one-third of the total population of the region. Many of these young people are sexually experienced, placing them at risk of unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion, and infection with sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. Adolescent pregnancy rates are high in Latin America, and the rate of HIV infection among young people in the Caribbean is alarming.

This section of the Youth Policy Toolkit contains national policies, strategy documents, and other materials that support youth reproductive health policy and strive to improve youth reproductive health outcomes in the Americas and the Caribbean.