Topic: prevalence and determinants of adolescent pregnancy among sexually active adolescent girls in Niger

  • Bright O. AhinkorahEmail author
Original Article



All over the world, including in Niger, adolescent pregnancy remains a challenge requiring urgent solution. This study sought to examine the prevalence and determinants of adolescent pregnancy among sexually active adolescent girls in Niger.

Subjects and methods

The study used data from the 2012 Niger Demographic and Health Survey (DHS). The statistical software STATA version 13 was used to process the data. Both bivariate and multivariate analyses were employed in this study and results were tested at the 95% confidence interval (CI).


The study found that adolescents aged 19 years [odds ratio (OR) = 55.29, 95% CI = 25.50–119.90] and those who had ever used contraceptives (OR = 22.65, 95% CI = 5.18–99.05) had higher odds of experiencing adolescent pregnancy. On the other hand, there was a low likelihood of adolescent pregnancy among those who were married/cohabiting (OR = 0.08, 95% CI = 0.01–0.80), widowed/divorced/separated (OR = 0.03, 95% CI = 0.01–0.31) and those whose age at first sex was 16–19 years (OR = 0.23, 95% CI = 0.16–0.34).


The socio-demographic factors that influence adolescent pregnancy in Niger are interesting and important for health, economic and social concerns. Understanding the factors associated with adolescent pregnancy will lead to improved social policies, ultimately reducing adolescent pregnancy in Niger and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa.


Prevalence Determinants Adolescent pregnancy Niger 



The author is grateful to MEASURE DHS for granting access to use the data.

Author contributions

Conception and design of study: BOA; analysis and/or interpretation of data: BOA; drafting the manuscript: BOA; revising the manuscript critically for important intellectual content: BOA.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The author declares no conflict of interest for this research.

The author was not directly involved in data collection. However, MEASURE DHS reports that ethical clearance was obtained from the Institutional Review Board of ICF International. The Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) also anonymised all data before making them accessible to the public. Permission to use the dataset was sought from MEASURE DHS. The adolescent girls gave oral and written consent. The dataset is available to the public at

Consent for publication

This manuscript is an original work and has been prepared by the author, BOA, who is aware of its content and approves its submission. The manuscript has not been published elsewhere in part or in entirety and is not under consideration by another journal. The author gives his consent for publication ins the Journal of Public Health.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Australian Centre for Public and Population Health Research (ACPPHR), Faculty of HealthUniversity of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia

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