Pathfinder Encourages Adolescents and Health Workers to Contribute to World Health Organization’s New Report
Pathfinder is thrilled to see that the World Health Organization (WHO) is currently developing a report, "Health for the World’s Adolescents," that will outline recent research and the growing consensus on the importance of adolescent health; and the achievements of the health sector in improving and maintaining the health of the world’s 1.2 billion adolescents (10-19 years).
This report will inform the design and implementation of Pathfinder’s adolescent sexual and reproductive health programs ensuring that they address existing gaps and support country government’s efforts to improve the health status of young people.
Recognizing that it is vital to incorporate the perspectives of adolescents themselves, as well as health care providers in the report, WHO has established a website where adolescents can contribute in different ways, including:
- Taking a survey about their perspectives on health and health services (the survey is available in 6 languages)
- Entering a photo competition
- Sharing their story
- Being creative (sharing poems, drawings etc.)
Health workers can also provide input by participating in the primary care providers survey.
The website will be open for input from July 19 - September 15, 2013. Pathfinder strongly encourages adolescents and health providers to contribute to this report and asks that youth-led and youth-serving organizations disseminate this request for input among their networks so that this report reflects the diversity of adolescent needs and perspectives across countries and cultural contexts.
Focus Area: Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health
Please contact Kate Stookey, Director of Public Affairs, at 617-972-1231 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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