In the News: “Early marriage in NTB exacerbates health, poverty problems,” Jakarta Post

More than 40,000 couples from 1.5 million families in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) got married at below 20 years old, contributing to problems with poverty and mental and reproductive health in the province.

“Although they are not the main cause of the high number of underprivileged families, getting married at an early age has many not-so-positive effects. It impacts on mental, emotional and reproductive health as well as economic opportunity,” NTB National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN) head Virginia Anggraeni told The Jakarta Post in Mataram on Thursday.

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