Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Adolescent health

Strong agreement with principles proposed by AA-HA! Framework

A group of adolescents playing hockey.
Palash Khatri

June 2016 -- The first round of consultations about the proposed Global Framework for Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA! Framework) took place between October 2015 and March 2016. In total, 888 participants from 126 countries in all 6 WHO Regions participated. They represented all key categories of stakeholders, including adolescents and young adults, youth groups, and representatives of government, civil society, the private sector, academia, and donor agencies. Overall, there was strong agreement with all principles proposed for the Framework

Our future: a Lancet commission on adolescent health and wellbeing

Young boy in India
WHO/SEARO/Anubhav Das

May 2016 -- The largest generation of adolescents in human history (1.2 billion) face unprecedented social, economic, and cultural change according to a new Lancet Report: Our Future: A Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing. The Report and related Commission bring together perspectives from public health, economics, political and social science, behavioural science and neuroscience to consider strategies to advance adolescent health and wellbeing, and call for adolescents themselves to be part of the change and accountability mechanisms.

Global Standards for quality health-care services for adolescents

Fazarkeley family

October 2015 -- New Global standards for quality health-care services for adolescents have been published by WHO and UNAIDS. Existing health services often fail the world’s adolescents (10-19-year-olds). Many adolescents who suffer from mental health disorders, substance use, poor nutrition, intentional injuries and chronic illness do not have access to critical prevention and care services.

Health for the world's adolescents - report

"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.