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Ronnabelle. 5 months pregnant.Parola, Tondo district.., Ronnabelle, 15, approximately five months pregnant, watches the karaoke screen at her home in Parola, Tondo district, Manila, Philippines

Ronnabelle, 15, approximately five months pregnant, in her room in Parola, Tondo district, Manila, Philippines...Slums of Parola in the district of Tondo, Manila's largest district.Teenage pregnancy is widespread in the Philippines, especially among the poor. In Manila, this contributes to rapid population growth and helps to perpetuate poverty in the city's crowded slums...Children are everywhere, tangible evidence of the city's teenage pregnancy problem. Every year, 13 out of 100 girls aged between 15 and 19 amongst the poorest fifth of the Filipino population get pregnant. Within the richest fifth, the figure is just 1.2. .Healthcare for Manila's urban poor is almost non-existent, while opportunities to learn about contraception in this strictly Healthcare for Manila's urban poor is almost non-existent, while opportunities to learn about contraception in this strictly Catholic country are rare. To make matters worse, the city's mayor Lito Atienza has banned contraceptives in public health centres and hospitals. Nurses and doctors are not allowed to provide advice about contraception. And every teenage pregnancy only adds another person to one of the most densely populated slums on earth.birth, children, overpopulation overpopulation

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Ronnabelle, 15, approximately five months pregnant, in her room in Parola, Tondo district, Manila, Philippines...Slums of Parola in the district of Tondo, Manila's largest district.Teenage pregnancy is widespread in the Philippines, especially among the poor. In Manila, this contributes to rapid population growth and helps to perpetuate poverty in the city's crowded slums...Children are everywhere, tangible evidence of the city's teenage pregnancy problem. Every year, 13 out of 100 girls aged between 15 and 19 amongst the poorest fifth of the Filipino population get pregnant. Within the richest fifth, the figure is just 1.2. .Healthcare for Manila's urban poor is almost non-existent, while opportunities to learn about contraception in this strictly Healthcare for Manila's urban poor is almost non-existent, while opportunities to learn about contraception in this strictly Catholic country are rare. To make matters worse, the city's mayor Lito Atienza has banned contraceptives in public health centres and hospitals. Nurses and doctors are not allowed to provide advice about contraception. And every teenage pregnancy only adds another person to one of the most densely populated slums on earth.birth, children, overpopulation overpopulation