Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

The Lancet publishes second Series on Adolescent Health

The Lancet today published a series of reports on the largest generation of young people in history, 1.8 billion 10-24 year olds. Nearly 90% of them live in low- and middle-income countries. This second Series on Adolescent Health was launched to coincide with the 45th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development.

The first report presents a conceptual framework emphasizing the importance of adolescent health from a life-course perspective. The second analyses how several social determinants of health have a particular influence on the health of adolescents indicating the implications for action. The third report presents evidence from prevention trials addressing risk and protective factors among adolescents that have been effective across a range of health-risk behaviours and states. The fourth report presents the available data from multi-country datasets for a select number of indicators chosen for their public health importance and their coverage of major health outcomes in young people. Each report provides recommendations for future actions.

WHO's Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health as well as other departments were part of the group conceptualizing the Series and co-authored one of the reports.