A Brief on the 11th World Congress on Adolescent Health
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The world today has the largest adolescent population, 1.2 billion, in its history. Of these, the maximum number of adolescents (243 million) live in India . More than 3000 adolescents die every day with road traffic injuries, mental health disorders, and reproductive health problems emerging as significant contributors of mortality and morbidity among adolescents throughout the world. Over the past decade, while there has been a 17% decline in disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) across all age groups, the decline has been less than half (8%) among adolescent population . It is increasingly realized that investing in adolescent health will result in substantial gains in later life – fewer cases of non-communicable diseases and healthier workforce. The economic and social impacts of investments in adolescent health and wellbeing are considered among the best investments that the global community can make to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals [3, 4, 5, 6].
This brief has been prepared with the support of Dr. Shailaja Daral (MD – Community Medicine), Assistant Director (MAMTA HIMC) and Ms. Tina Khanna (MA Sociology), Senior Regional Manager (MAMTA HIMC).
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