Let’s Talk About Adolescent Health

​There is a growing conversation among adolescents, communities, organizations, the private sector and other stakeholders concerning the future and health of adolescents around the world. There are close to 1.8 billion adolescents living in the world today. Many are healthy while others lack access to the vital health services and education they need to grow and thrive.  The leading growing issues include but are not limited to complications leading to pregnancy and childbirth, access to sexual and reproductive health services, gender-based violence and the over 2 million adolescents who are living with HIV. In order to ensure young people can transition well from youth to adulthood, these issues must be adequately addressed.

The renewed Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health, set to be launched in September 2015, is a roadmap for ending all preventable deaths of women, children, and adolescents by 2030 and improving their overall health and well-being, and builds upon the 2010-2015 Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health launched by the UN Secretary-General. The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) has been organizing consultations to effectively inform a renewed strategy. Central to this conversation are the voices of adolescents and young people themselves.

Yesterday, we had an engaging conversation with youth and thought leaders addressing global priorities for adolescent health. The discussion included an amazing group of panelists including, Cecilia Garcia, Founder of Espolea and board member for PMNCH, Patrick Mwesigye from AfriYAN and Laura Laski, Chief of UNFPA’s Sexual and Reproductive health branch. The panelists candidly shared the challenges adolescents face in accessing health services, primarily including access to comprehensive sexuality education and SRHR health services. Opportunities related to improving adolescent health were also discussed. Adolescents are being engaged through working groups and various programs including one led by UNFPA in India and a second one in Argentina called program Sumar. There was an overwhelming agreement among the panelists that adolescents themselves must be involved in the conversation. Cecilia and Patrick both urged those watching to participate in the conversation online as well as to rally their national governments and other stakeholders to commit to prioritizing adolescent health and engaging youth in the post-2015 agenda.

Watch the Hangout

You can also read our Storify recap here.

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Category: Health    SRHR
Tagged with: #EWECProgress #Commit2Deliver    #PMNCH    #YouthVoices    Adolescent health    FGM/C    gender based violence    Global Health    SRHR
  • Parental Alienation Abuse (aka as Domestic Violence by Proxy) is affecting the health of adolescents all over the world, be it suicide, drug dependency (prescription and illegal), cutting, dropping out of school, etc. Please refer to Dr. Amy J. Baker’s studies and others, such as Heather Elaine Swicked Kent’s personal testimony as a 17 year old “I Am Invictus” YouTube video and wordpress blog. Parental Alienation often occurs when an abusive ex-spouse wants to continue abuse by emotionally kidnapping via psychological manipulation and turning a youth against his or her loving mom.

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    What are other things that contribute to risking adolescent health (mental and/or physical)?

  • Marsha Stoddard

    My son has been slowly alienated from me since age 13. He will be 15 in a couple of weeks. Since then, he has been failing school. Having to take summer school last year and well on his way to taking summer school again after this year. (Unless he fails the entire grade, and with F’s in Language Artts, algebra 1 and History.. He may just fail the year). After a conference with the teachers, I learn that he is not “disruptive” so he isn’t a problem. I then asked if he wasn’t a problem what IS he doing in class to be getting 0’s on so much classwork? They said he does nothing but sits there and stares or puts his head down.
    I’m pretty sure this is a sign of depression, yet, I am helpless to do anything about it.

  • Deb

    Iv been divorced since jan, 2011, joint custody, which means nothing, never allowed visitation as in court order! Nasty FB, messages, from my daughters friends. Even had one come up to me at last basket ball game, to tell me, I shouldn’t be there, I’d ruined my daughters night! Blah! Blah! I showed,my counselor, the pictures my daughter drew, a couple. Years back. It upset her so much, she went over by her desk and just sat there for a few minutes! I’m for a loss! She graduates in may, don’t know if I should go to the graduation, or not? Iv been told by other kids who were alienated, to go! Thoughts?

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