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More Focus On, Investment In Adolescent Health Could Help Reduce Deaths From Preventable Causes, WHO Report Says

Fortune: More Than 1.2 Million Kids Die Each Year From Preventable Causes
“More than 1.2 million young people across the world aged 10 to 19 died in 2015, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO). And the majority were killed by preventable causes like road traffic injuries, suicides, and interpersonal violence…” (Mukherjee, 5/16).

Humanosphere: ‘Small investments’ in adolescent health care could yield enormous results
“…The severity of the problem comes into sharp focus when looking more closely at the data. Low- and middle-income countries located in Africa and Southeast Asia represent more than two-thirds of the total adolescent deaths. They are most likely to die from HIV/AIDS, lower respiratory infections, meningitis, and diarrhea…” (Murphy, 5/16).

NPR: How Many Teenagers Die Each Day … And Why
“…[T]he WHO report points out that while many programs around the world are dedicated to improving infant mortality, very few programs address for the needs of vulnerable tweens and teens. We interviewed WHO epidemiologist Kate Strong — one of the study authors — to learn more about those needs, and what it will take to meet them…” (Singh, 5/16).

U.N. News Centre: Deaths of 1.2M adolescents mostly preventable with improved health services — U.N. agency
“…The report, Global accelerated action for the health of adolescents (AA-HA!): Guidance to support country implementation, shows that road injuries are the leading cause of adolescent deaths among 10-19 year-olds, killing some 115,000 adolescents each year — the majority older adolescent boys. … Among girls, the leading cause of death for younger adolescents is pneumonia and other lower respiratory infections resulting from indoor air pollution caused by cooking with dirty fuels, while older adolescent girls are more likely to die from pregnancy complications. Self-harm and suicide are the third leading cause of adolescent mortality, particularly among older adolescents, and predominantly among girls…” (5/16).

United Press International: WHO: 1 million adolescents a year die from preventable causes
“… ‘Adolescents have been entirely absent from national health plans for decades,’ Dr. Flavia Bustreo, assistant director general with the WHO, said in a press release. ‘Relatively small investments focused on adolescents now will not only result in healthy and empowered adults who thrive and contribute positively to their communities, but it will also result in healthier future generations, yielding enormous returns’…” (Wallace, 5/16).

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