Health for the World’s Adolescents

This WHO website is actually a report created primarily for people working in the health sector, especially the senior and mid-level staffs of ministries of health, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the range of health sector partners responsible for developing, implementing and supporting policies and programmes that contribute to adolescent health.

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 features adolescents’ own perspectives on their health needs.

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 advocate, plan and monitor health sector interventions
  • Developing and implementing health-promoting and health-protecting policies
  • Mobilizing and supporting other sectors

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

Last modified: March 25, 2019

Language: English