Sri Lanka Background Youth and Adolescents
and youth, in particular, lack information and services about pregnancy
or the consequences of STD’s and HIV/AIDS. The interaction of other
complex social factors, such as the very high literacy rate coupled with
high levels of unemployment has resulted in youth unrest, making youth
and adolescents particularly susceptible to social and reproductive health
problems, including abortions. The current suicide rate in Sri Lanka of
about 55 per 100,000 among adolescents is the highest in the world.