To achieve MGDs 3, 4, and 6, focusing on women and engaging men is essential. Early marriages and resultant pregnancies coupled with the low socio-economic status of women put severe pressure on Pakistan’s health system. This, in turn, serves as a primary impediment to achieving MDG 5. Despite an increase in the age of marriage, 40% of all women in Pakistan were still married before the age of 18 in 2007. By the age of 19, 30% of the females were either pregnant or already mothers.
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