First WHO report on improving health and well-being of adolescents worldwide

25 January 2022

Article: 56/303

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published the first in a series of biennial reports, describing their efforts to elevate adolescent health through collaboration and the coordination of new initiatives. The aim of this project is to expand the scope of work and establish objectives with its development partners and adolescents.

Data from the WHO show that considerable gains from investments in maternal and child health programmes do not last into adolescence, with the decline in child mortality not echoed by a similar drop in adolescent deaths. Of the estimated 1.2 billion adolescents worldwide, many have missed health services that consider their specific needs, with over 2000 deaths every day, largely from preventable causes.

Source: WHO, 18 January 2022