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New WHO report calls for increasing investments in adolescent well-being

IANS May 29, 2024

In a rapidly evolving world, adolescents are facing significant challenges like high mortality rates, mental health, pregnancy, education & employment, & climate and environmental hazards, according to a new WHO report on 28 May calling for greater investments in adolescent well-being.

The report released at the 77th World Health Assembly was commissioned by PMNCH (The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health), and other global agencies like WHO, UNICEF, and UNFPA.

Failure to substantially increase investment to improve adolescent well-being would result in a staggering economic cost.

"With just about five years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, progress lagging, and the adolescent population increasing, the urgency of investing in adolescents' well-being cannot be overstated," said Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and PMNCH Board Chair.

The experts called for increasing investment programmes to improve adolescent well-being on three key platforms or systems: universal health coverage, including primary care; enhanced schools focusing on learning, health, nutrition, and student well-being; and support systems, strengthening local community initiatives for adolescent health and well-being.

The five domains crucial for adolescent well-being include health and nutrition; connectedness, positive values and contribution to society; safety and a supportive environment; learning competence, education, skills, and employability; and agency and resilience. 

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