Adolescent Health

WHO Papua New Guinea

There are 1.2 billion adolescents in the world, more than double the number in 1950, and the largest number the world has ever known. Almost 90% of adolescents live in low- and middle-income countries. 16 million girls aged 15-19 years become pregnant every year. Most young people are healthy. However, globally more that 2.6 million young people aged 10 to 24 die each year. A much greater number of young people suffer from conditions that hinder their ability to grow and develop to their full potential. A greater number still engage in behaviour that jeopardizes not only their current state of health, but often their health for years to come. Nearly two-thirds of premature deaths and one-third of the total disease burden in adults are associated with conditions or behaviour that began in youth, including: tobacco use, alcohol and drug abuse, a lack of physical activity, unprotected sex or exposure to violence and injury.

General Information

  • The sexual and reproductive health of younger adolescents
    This publication reviews quantitative and qualitative evidence on adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health from a number of developing countries and, where possible, highlights findings for boys and girls aged under 15 years in those studies.
  • Preventing early pregnancy and poor reproductive outcomes among adolescents in developing countries
    WHO Guidelines WHO guidelines on preventing early pregnancy and poor reproductive outcomes among adolescents in developing countries provides a robust evidence base to help develop or reshape national policies and strategies. The guidelines help to ensure that available resources are spent on optimal approaches to prevent early pregnancies among adolescents, and on reducing morbidity and mortality associated with pregnancy and childbirth.

Contact information

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