8 July 2014 -- WHO has launched "Consolidated guidelines on HIV diagnosis, prevention, treatment and care for key populations" in the lead up to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne Australia, which runs 20-25 July 2014. For each recommendation, the specific issues and considerations related to adolescents are provided. There are case examples in the service delivery chapter highlighting adolescents and the young and key populations technical briefs are annexed. During the conference the online multi-format tool entitled "Adolescent HIV testing, counselling and care - Implementation guidance for health providers and planners" will also be presented.
"Health for the world’s adolescents" is a dynamic, multimedia, online report. It describes why adolescents need specific attention, distinct from children and adults. It presents a global overview of adolescents’ health and health-related behaviours, including the latest data and trends, and discusses the determinants that influence their health and behaviours.
It reflects the achievements in developing the evidence base for action and touches on new interventions, new research and new delivery mechanisms. It also features adolescents’ own perspectives on their health needs.
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. Four reports analyse the importance of adolescent health from a life-course perspective; examine how social determinants influence adolescent health; present evidence from prevention trials, and present available data from multi-country datasets on 25 suggested core indicators.
Preventing early pregnancy and poor reproductive outcomes among adolescents in developing countries - WHO guidelines
These guidelines aim to improve adolescent morbidity and mortality by reducing the chances of early pregnancy and its resulting poor health outcomes. The publication’s two main objectives are to:
(1) identify effective interventions to prevent early pregnancy by influencing factors such as early marriage, coerced sex, unsafe abortion, access to contraceptives and access to maternal health services by adolescents; and
(2) provide an analytical framework for policy-makers and programme managers to use when selecting evidence-based interventions that are most appropriate for the needs of their countries and contexts.
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