Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Adolescent health

Consultation on action to address adolescent health

A group of young people playing hockey.
Palash Khatri

16 January 2017 -- WHO in collaboration with other UN agencies and in consultation with youth, Member States and major partners, has drafted global implementation guidance for Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA! guidance). AA-HA! is here to make sure the needs of every adolescent are being met and that they can get access to appropriate healthcare, education and social support, in a safe and healthy environment. A consultation was held from 15th December 2016 to 15th January 2017. Input was requested from governments, civil society, the private sector, academia, youth groups and citizens.

Our future: a Lancet commission on adolescent health and wellbeing

Young boy in India
WHO/SEARO/Anubhav Das

May 2016 -- The largest generation of adolescents in human history (1.2 billion) face unprecedented social, economic, and cultural change according to a new Lancet Report: Our Future: A Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing. The Report and related Commission bring together perspectives from public health, economics, political and social science, behavioural science and neuroscience to consider strategies to advance adolescent health and wellbeing, and call for adolescents themselves to be part of the change and accountability mechanisms.

Global Standards for quality health-care services for adolescents

Fazarkeley family

October 2015 -- New Global standards for quality health-care services for adolescents have been published by WHO and UNAIDS. Existing health services often fail the world’s adolescents (10-19-year-olds). Many adolescents who suffer from mental health disorders, substance use, poor nutrition, intentional injuries and chronic illness do not have access to critical prevention and care services.

Video messages on adolescent health from WHO's leadership

WHO leaders speak on topics including alcohol use, diet and physical exercise, HIV/AIDS, mental health, pregnancy, road injury prevention, vaccination, violence and injuries and sexual and reproductive health.

Health for the world's adolescents - report

"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 reflects the achievements in developing the evidence base for action and touches on new interventions, new research and new delivery mechanisms. It also features adolescents’ own perspectives on their health needs.

What is the global situation?

Front page of the Health for the world's adolescents report.

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.

What is WHO doing?

A group of adolescent girls with their mother.

WHO is developing Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!) Implementation Guidance to help countries support the health needs of adolescents.