Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!): guidance to support country implementation
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.
Coming of age: adolescent health
24 September 2018 -- The world now has more young people than ever before – of the 7.2 billion people worldwide, over 3 billion are younger than 25 years, making up 42% of the world population. Around 1.2 billion of these young people are adolescents aged between 10 and 19 years. Adolescence is a critical time of life. It is a time when people become independent individuals, forge new relationships, develop social skills and learn behaviours that will last the rest of their lives. It can also be one of the most challenging periods. "Coming of age" examines these issues facing adolescents.
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
Source: Global Health Estimates 2015: Deaths by Cause, Age, Sex, by Country and by Region, 2000-2015. Geneva, World Health Organization; 2016.