Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Orientation programme on adolescent health for health-care providers

World Health Organization; Commonwealth Medical Association Trust and UNICEF

Publication details

Number of pages: 471
Publication date: 2006
Languages: English, French, Russian
ISBN: 9241591269 (English), 9242591262 (French), 924459126x (Russian)



A range of individuals and institutions have important roles in promoting healthy development in adolescents, and in preventing and responding to health problems challenging this population group. Health-care providers (HCP) have important contributions to make in both these areas.

However, situation analyses and needs assessment exercises carried out in different parts of the world point to shortcomings in their professional capabilities and in their 'human qualities' as a result of which they are unable and oftentimes unwilling to deal with adolescents in an effective and sensitive manner.

To bridge this gap, the Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development (CAH) of the World Health Organization (WHO) is developing the Orientation Programme on Adolescent Health for Health-care Providers (OP) with other partners. The Orientation programme is a joint effort of the Commonwealth Medical Association Trust, UNICEF and WHO.


Core modules

A. Introduction
B. Meaning of adolescence and its implications for public health
C. Adolescent sexual and reproductive health
D. Adolescent-friendly health services
E. Adolescent development *
F. Concluding

Optional modules

G. Sexually transmitted infections in adolescents
H. Care of adolescent pregnancy and childbirth
I. Unsafe abortion in adolescents
J. Pregnancy prevention in adolescents
K. Substance use in adolescents
L. Mental health of adolescents *
M. Nutrition in adolescents *
N. HIV/AIDS in adolescents
O. Chronic diseases in adolescents *
P. Endemic diseases in adolescents *
Q. Injuries and violence in adolescents *
X. Young people and injecting drug use

*in development

The materials consist of a handout for participants and of a facilitator's guide for the overall course (course director guide) and for all the modules. It provides detailed guidance on how to run each module. In addition it contains tips for the trainers, lecturing aids such as overhead slides in electronic form with accompanying talking points and study materials. Facilitator's guide, handouts for participants, the lecturing aids and study materials are all available on a CD ROM. As per May 2007, the Orientation programme is available in English, French and Russian. Upon request copies of the OP are available in electronic form (CD-ROM) or in printed format. For further information please contact: Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development, World Health Organization, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland, email: