Health topics

Adolescent health


Adolescence carries the highest risks of illness and death from certain causes, including accidents and injuries, early pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Lifestyle diseases that are caused by smoking, risky sexual behaviour, alcohol and drug abuse have their roots in adolescence.

Preventing risky behaviour and promoting healthy choices among adolescents can, therefore, yield positive health outcomes, not just during adolescence, but in adulthood. Healthy adolescents have a better chance of becoming healthy, responsible and productive adults.