Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!): guidance to support country implementation

WHO and partners recommend actions to improve adolescent health

Two mekong youth enjoy time together.

More than 3000 adolescents die every day from largely preventable causes, according to a new report from WHO and partners. Global accelerated action for the health of adolescents (AA-HA!): Guidance to support country implementation – assists governments in what to do – as well as how to do it – as they respond to the health needs of adolescents in their countries. Case studies show that what is being recommended actually can be done. The full document with case studies, a summary document, a comic book, brochure and infographics are available below.

Comic book

Akilah and Carlos embark on an adventure and discover the importance of the role that all children and adolescents can play in their communities.

The case for action

Adolescents bear a substantial proportion of the global disease and injury burden

  • Adolescents are one sixth of the world’s population.
  • They account for 6% of the world’s global burden of disease and injury.
  • The recent very rapid declines in mortality among infants and young children have not been mirrored among adolescents.
  • Adolescence is the period when many risky behaviours start having a major impact on their health as adults.
  • Adolescent health needs particular attention in humanitarian and fragile settings.

Estimated top five causes of adolescent death by sex and age, 2015

Causes of adolescent deaths.

Source: Global Health Estimates 2015: Deaths by Cause, Age, Sex, by Country and by Region, 2000-2015. Geneva, World Health Organization; 2016.

Early adopter countries and regional workshops

1 November 2017
WHO has been working closely with countries to support them in updating and developing adolescent health policies and programmes using Global AA-HA! Guidance.

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