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After three decades of calls for action on adolescent health, The Lancet has partnered with four leading academic institutions (The University of Melbourne, University College London, the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Columbia University) to establish a Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing.

The Commission has 30 members from 14 countries spanning all parts of the globe. It has brought together experts, including youth advocates, with a range of disciplines as well as policy and practice perspectives.

The aim of the Commission was to produce a coherent narrative and integrated work plan for responding to the shifting determinants of health and health needs of the world’s adolescent and young adults. We are proud to say that our Commission report is out and available for download here.

Global adolescent health news

Poor kids hit puberty sooner

A major Australian study of almost 3,700 children has found that social and economic disadvantage can be a trigger for the early onset of puberty, putting disadvantaged children at higher risk of a host of associated future health problems.  More...

25 May 2017


What is the Global AA-HA! Guidance?

The Global AA-HA! Guidance aims to assist governments in deciding what they plan to do – and how they plan to do it – as they respond to the health needs of adolescents in their countries.  More...

18 May 2017

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Launch of the AA-HA!

Launch of the WHO "Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!): Guidance to Support Country Implementation"  More...

16 May 2017


Systematic review

Read the new 'Systematic Review of Positive Youth Development (PYD) Programs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries' by YouthPower Learning  More...

8 May 2017


Global investment in Adolescents

A new study, "Building the foundations for sustainable development: a case for global investment in the capabilities of adolescents", published yesterday in The Lancet, shows that investments in adolescent health and wellbeing are some of the best that can be made towards achieving the SDGs.   More...

20 Apr 2017

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Seven briefs for seven adolescent research challenges

The Lancet Commission and the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, are very pleased to announce a new series of seven briefs on how to conduct research with adolescents in low- and middle- income countries.  More...

11 Apr 2017

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