Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Global standards for quality health care services for adolescents



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Publication details

Number of pages: 40, 28, 100, 132
Publication date: 2015
Languages: English. Policy brief is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
WHO reference number: 978 92 4 154933 2


Policy brief


Global initiatives are urging countries to prioritize quality as a way of reinforcing human rights-based approaches to health. Yet evidence from both high- and low-income countries shows that services for adolescents are highly fragmented, poorly coordinated and uneven in quality. Pockets of excellent practice exist, but, overall, services need significant improvement and should be brought into conformity with existing guidelines.

WHO/UNAIDS Global Standards for quality health care services for adolescents aim to assist policy-makers and health service planners in improving the quality of health-care services so that adolescents find it easier to obtain the health services that they need to promote, protect and improve their health and well-being.