Invest in Young People - It Pays
This year’s Women Deliver conference made a strong call for investing in the health and development of adolescents and young people. It highlighted the unique problems faced by adolescent girls and young women—some of the most vulnerable and neglected individuals in the world—and stressed the importance of addressing their needs and rights, not only for their individual benefit, but also to achieve global goals such as reducing maternal mortality and HIV infection.
In response to an invitation from the editors of Reproductive Health, we—the sixteen coauthors of this commentary—put together key themes that reverberated throughout the conference, on the health and development needs of adolescents and young people, and promising solutions to meet them. Read more in "Invest in Young People - It Pays."
Reproductive Health 2013, 10:51 doi:10.1186/1742-4755-10-51
Invest in adolescents and young people: it pays.
Chandra-Mouli V, Greifinger R, Nwosu A, Hainsworth G, Sundaram L, Hadi S, McConville F, Benevides R, Simon C, Patkar A, Schoening E, Sethi D, Boldosser-Boesch A, Awasthi P, Mathur A, Braeken D.
Substantial numbers of adolescents experience the negative health consequences of early, unprotected sexual activity as well as its social and economic costs.
This Fall 2013 edition of Pathways explores Pathfinder's work with adolescents and youth, and in particular, providing those young people with choices when it comes to their contraception methods, their bodies, and their futures.