Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Health for the world’s adolescents

"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 also features adolescents’ own perspectives on their health needs.

Summary document

Improving health for adolescents

What must we do to improve and maintain the health of the world’s one billion adolescents? "Health for the world’s adolescents" is a WHO report fully addressing that question across the broad range of health needs of people ages 10–19 years. It was presented to Member States at the 2014 World Health Assembly in follow-up to its 2011 Resolution 64.28, Youth and health risks.

The report brings together all WHO guidance concerning adolescents across the full spectrum of health issues. It offers a state-of-the-art overview of four core areas for health sector action:

  • providing health services
  • collecting and using the data needed to plan and monitor health sector interventions
  • developing and implementing health-promoting and health-protecting policies and
  • mobilizing and supporting other sectors.

The report concludes with key actions for strengthening national health sector responses to adolescent health.

The website will be the springboard for consultation with a wide range of stakeholders leading to a concerted action plan for adolescents.


WHO secretariat welcomes comments on the issues discussed in this report. In particular, we encourage comments about how to facilitate sustained action in countries.

Please note that all comments submitted are subject to review by WHO before posting on the website. WHO is not responsible for the different views expressed. WHO reserves the right not to post comments that are deemed inappropriate.