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.
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.
This document is intended for policy makers and progamme managers in both developed and developing countries, as well as decision makers in international organizations supporting public health initiatives in developing countries.
It makes a compelling case for concerted action to improve the quality - and especially the friendliness - of health services to adolescents. Drawing upon case studies from around the world, it reiterates that this can be - and has been done - by non governmental organisations and government bodies working with limited financial resources. It highlights the critical role that adolescents themselves can play, in conjunction with committed adults, to contribute to their own health and well being.
- The Lancet publishes second Series on Adolescent Health
- Preventing early pregnancy and poor reproductive outcomes among adolescents in developing countries - WHO guidelines
- Strengthening the adolescent component of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health programmes
- Adolescent friendly health services: An agenda for change