PMC began working in Mexico in 2001. Mexico’s population has a population of 124 million and a current growth rate of 1.12 percent, which left unchanged would double the population in 62 years.
PMC has worked in Mexico since 2001 in a variety of capacities, partnering with CORA, a local nongovernmental organization, and partnering with MTV-Mexico to co-produce a TV serial drama, Último Año (“Last Year”), that aired throughout much of Latin America for an estimated audience reach of 22 million households. Within the first month, Último Año’s website recorded 324,000 visits and 1.4 million page views. Último Año ranked #4 on MTV Latin America’s website, received 46,000 likes on Facebook and gained 12,000 followers on Twitter. In addition to its incredible popularity, Último Año also had significant impact on health and human rights issues, such as Mexican viewers of Último Año being significantly more likely than non-viewers to say they used something to prevent pregnancy in the last month (78% vs. 64%).
124,574,795 (July 2017)
Mexico continues to face a high rate of teen pregnancy. This is partly due to young women in Mexico still facing barriers when it comes to access of contraceptives. Gender equality, which remains an ongoing problem, also contributes to the teen pregnancy challenge with a lack of opportunities for girls and women, as well as different perceptions of value based on gender. Sexually transmitted infections also concern Mexico. It has the largest number of people with HIV/AIDS in the Western Hemisphere, with some 220,000 people infected.
Violence, particularly gang-related violence between drug cartels, is also an ongoing challenge. The violence has killed tens of thousands of people and has disrupted entire communities, especially in the northern part of the country.