Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Adolescent friendly health services

An agenda for change

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 44
Publication date: 2002
Languages: English, French
WHO reference number: WHO/FCH/CAH/02.14



This document is intended for policy makers and progamme managers in both developed and developing countries, as well as decision makers in international organizations supporting public health initiatives in developing countries.

It makes a compelling case for concerted action to improve the quality - and especially the friendliness - of health services to adolescents. Drawing upon case studies from around the world, it reiterates that this can be - and has been done - by non governmental organisations and government bodies working with limited financial resources. It highlights the critical role that adolescents themselves can play, in conjunction with committed adults, to contribute to their own health and well being.