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Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!) – A never Before Moment to ACT NOW

Valentina Baltag

Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health

World Health Organization

Keywords: adolescent health, well-being, global health, leadership

Summary: The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030) lays out an ambitious vision for a world “in which every woman, child and adolescent in every setting realizes their rights to physical and mental health and well-being, has social and economic opportunities, and is able to participate fully in shaping prosperous and sustainable societies”. To support countries in making progress in adolescent health, the 68th World Health Assembly requested the WHO Secretariat to develop a global guidance for Accelerated Action for Adolescent Health (the AA-HA! guidance) in consultation with youth, Member States and major partners.

The lecture will present key global challenges that affect adolescent health today, and will present the most recent recommendations from the World Health Organization on how health and other sectors can work together in countries to achieve better health and development outcomes for the adolescent population.