Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!) Implementation Guidance

Introduction

A group of young people.

The 68th World Health Assembly requested the WHO Secretariat to develop a Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!) Implementation Guidance in consultation with youth, Member States and major partners, aligned with the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030) and its Operational Framework.

Launched by the U.N. Secretary-General in September 2015, the Global Strategy lays out an ambitious vision for a world “in which every woman, child and adolescent in every setting realizes their rights to physical and mental health and well-being, has social and economic opportunities, and is able to participate fully in shaping prosperous and sustainable societies,” focusing on nine key areas for action.

The Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!) Implementation Guidance will support countries and programmes on how to plan, implement and monitor a SURVIVE, THRIVE and TRANSFORM response to the health needs of adolescents in line with the Global Strategy. It will provide more detailed guidance on prioritization based on epidemiological scenarios, country target setting, delivery strategies, programming, monitoring approaches and research priorities in order to achieve Strategy’s implementation objectives.

First round of consultations

The first round of consultations about the proposed Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!) Implementation Guidance took place between October 2015 and March 2016. The consultations were conducted in face-to-face meetings and via an online survey that was open from March 8-28, 2016.

Second round of consultations

Based on inputs received during the first round of consultations, we developed an outline of the document which was peer reviewed by the members of the External Advisory Group including representatives of Member States, UN partners, young people, academia and civil society. In addition to the inputs of the External Advisory Group the second round of consultations included youth workshops involving young and vulnerable adolescents, and regional consultations.

Consultation on the first draft

The first draft of the Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!) Implementation Guidance was available for review by individuals and institutions from 15th December 2016 to 15th January 2017.

Finalisation and launch

The AA-HA! Implementation Guidance is being finalised in the light of comments submitted during the public consultation on the draft document. The launch of the guidance is planned to take place in conjunction with the 70th World Health Assembly.