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Health Policies of Adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa: Past Experiences, Current Scene, and Future Strategic Directions

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Health Policies of Adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa: What Works, What Doesn’t, and How Do We Strategize in the Age of COVID-19?

This chapter is devoted to filling gaps in the sector of adolescent health policy amid the changing world and increasing global health challenges, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on adolescence. The chapter explores the health outcomes and policies that actively impact adolescent groups across the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region as a unique attempt to provide plausible answers to a critical set of key questions: What does the policy landscape of adolescent health look like in the MENA? What system-level processes and protocols work well in these nations? How can health policy be maintained and advanced both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic? All relevant data and information were extracted and then thematically analyzed from scientific literature, reports, and databases using international search engines, institutional webpages, and scientific journals. This chapter has seven sections: (1) a thorough background on the existing health policy landscape, (2) an overview of the sociopolitical and biosocial conditions in the MENA region, (3) the overall context of these health policies, (4) the key stakeholders and their respective roles within health policymaking and implementation, (5) selected national case reports, (6) COVID-19 impacts on adolescence and community-level needs and priorities, and (7) actionable recommendations for better and responsive health policies and programs.

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  • Health policies
  • Adolescence
  • COVID-19
  • MENA region

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Abbreviations

AA-HA:

Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents

ADHD:

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

COVID-19:

Coronavirus Disease 2019

CRC/C/GC:

Convention on the Rights of the Child, the General Comment

HIV:

Human Immunodeficiency Virus

IATTTYP:

Inter-Agency Technical Task Team on Young People

ICU:

Intensive Care Units

IDP:

Internally Displaced People

KSA:

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

MDGs:

Millennium Development Goals

MENA:

Middle East and North Africa

MoH:

Ministry of Health

MoPH:

Ministry of Public Health

NCLW:

National Commission for Lebanese Women

NGOs:

Non-governmental Organizations

OCHA:

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OECD:

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

PCBS:

Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics

PMRS:

Palestinian Medical Relief Society

RMNCAH:

Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child, and Adolescent Health

RSV:

Respiratory Syncytial Virus

SARS-CoV:

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Associated Coronavirus

SDGs:

Sustainable Development Goals

SRH:

Sexual and Reproductive Health

SRHR:

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights

UN:

United Nations

UNDG:

United Nations Development Group

UNESCWA:

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

UNFPA:

United Nations Fund for Population Activities

UNHCR:

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNICEF:

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund

UNPD:

UN Population Division

UNRWA:

United Nations Relief and Works Agency

UNSD:

UN Statistics Division

WHO:

World Health Organization

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AlKhaldi, M., Abouhala, S., Alhalaiqa, F., Ibrahim, A., Kashash, R.A., Abusalah, A. (2022). Health Policies of Adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa: Past Experiences, Current Scene, and Future Strategic Directions. In: Barakat, C., Al Anouti, F. (eds) Adolescent Mental Health in The Middle East and North Africa. Global Perspectives on Health Geography. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-91790-6_7

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