Haiti: Katiana and Melissa

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"No disease. No baby. It will make life too hard."
Katiana has plans for her daughter.
From her home in a Port Au Prince slum, she says,
“I sleep with men for money. It’s the only way I can feed my five children. But, still, sometimes I go to sleep without eating.”
She stares at Melissa, her thirteen year-old daughter.

“I know she’s having sex -- with a guy from the neighborhood named Mirabeau.”
16 Million

the population of two New York cities

16 Million

adolescent girls will give birth this year


Sexually active adolescent girls in the developing world who don’t want to get pregnant and are NOT using contraception.

Children Having Children
Barriers Teens and Young Women Face to Accessing Contraception
Product Shortages
High Cost
Gender Inequality
Lack of Skilled Providers
Inconsistent Quality of Services
Cultural or Religous
Limited Choice
The Opportunity
Percentage more women make when they have access to contraception.
Every $1 invested in family
planning saves $4 in other areas like:
Public Health
Family planning helps reduce the demand for food and relieving environmental pressures over-farming, overfishing and greenhouse gas emissions.
Katiana talked with a friend named Johnny, a PSI community health worker.

He told her about PSI’s mobile health clinic -- that both she and Melissa could get a contraceptive method to protect them from unplanned pregnancies.
“I want her to live her life as someone. She has to be cautious. No disease. No baby. It will make life too hard.”
Katiana still scolds her daughter. “Mirabeau is cheating on her. He’s a bad boy.”

Melissa responds,
“My heart chooses.”

Katiana rolls her eyes and sighs.


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