The Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health

For full report please visit: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs345/en/

Around 1 in 6 persons in the world is an adolescent: that is 1.2 billion people aged 10 to 19.

Most are healthy, but there is still significant death, illness and diseases among adolescents. Illnesses can hinder their ability to grow and develop to their full potential. Alcohol or tobacco use, lack of physical activity, unprotected sex and/or exposure to violence can jeopardize not only their current health, but often their health for years to come, and even the health of their future children.

 

Promoting healthy practices during adolescence, and taking steps to better protect young people from health risks are critical for the prevention of health problems in adulthood, and for countries’ future health and social infrastructure.

 

Main health issues include:

Early pregnancy and childbirth; HIV; Other infectious diseases; Mental health; Violence; Alcohol and drugs; injuries; Malnutrition and obesity; Exercise and nutrition; Tobacco use

For full report please visit: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs345/en/

 

 

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