Abstract for:Assessment of information policies for the reduction of adolescent pregnancy rates

This paper studies the problem of high teen pregnancy rates in Colombia. In this problem, the main actors are girls who belong to families with very low income and low levels of education. This situation is a crucial factor that increases the problem since they hinder access to measures to prevent teenage pregnancy. To analyze this problem, a system dynamics model is proposed to study the impact of a policy of disseminating information and, in addition, to determine the costs associated with the implementation of the policy for the health system.

The baseline scenario shows that adolescent pregnancy rate increases over time, given that dissemination of information is not enough to decrease this rate, while applying the policy that broadens the coverage of information it is observed that the growth of this rate is slower and tends to stabilize, in addition, the investment cost by the government in teenage pregnancy is reduced.