School and youth health

School health and youth health promotion: facts

  • Worm infections are the greatest cause of disease among 5-14 year old children.
  • Vitamin A deficiency is the single greatest cause of preventable childhood blindness.
  • Iodine deficiency is the single most common preventable cause of mental retardation and brain damage in children.
  • Injury is the leading cause of death and disability among school-age youth.
  • One out of two young people who start and continue to smoke will be killed by tobacco-related illness.
  • Worldwide, 5% of all deaths of young people between the ages of 15 and 29 are attributable to alcohol use.
  • In some countries, up to 60% of all new HIV infections occur among 15-24 year olds.

All of the above health problems can be prevented or significantly reduced through effective school health and youth health programmes.

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