Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Adolescent health

Developing a report "Health for the world’s adolescents"

A group of adolescent girls at a school classroom.
Family Care International/Joey O’Loughlin

18 July 2013 -- During the past decade, there has been growing attention to adolescents in global reports, peer-reviewed journals and most importantly in national plans and strategies. It is a very opportune time for WHO to produce a report that synthesizes recent advances in the health sector contribution to adolescent health. It will cover progress in Member States and developments across WHO, strengthen and support global initiatives, and provide a concrete follow-up to the World Health Assembly resolution 64.28 on Youth and Health Risks.

WHO is seeking input from adolescents and health providers in order to incorporate their views in the report. Please provide input through the link below.

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. 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.

Strengthening the adolescent component of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health programmes

This five-day training course on strengthening the adolescent component of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health programmes has been developed for public health managers. The course materials have been applied and further developed in courses throughout the world.

They help public health managers to become familiar with the special health and development needs of young people, and to take those needs into consideration when planning interventions that aim to improve the reproductive health status of and reduce the prevalence of HIV infection among individuals from 10 to 24 years of age.