Scoping meeting

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On Monday 27th February and Tuesday 28th February, representatives, academics and youth advocates from a variety of organisations and universities are coming together for an initial scoping meeting to plan the next 5 + years of a ‘Lancet Standing Commission on adolescent health and wellbeing’. This meeting will take place in Seattle, and is hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Why a scoping meeting?

The six recommendations from our Commission Report (below) cover diverse topics, and their implementation well require engagement with different constituents, disciplines and sectors. They in fact represent work that is likely to continue for decades into the future. The work of the Standing Commission is intended to be pursued over the next five years. We simply can’t do everything that needs to be done in this field in five years! We therefore need to focus on what is most important and achievable. The scoping meeting will provide an opportunity to consider areas of priority focus.

Recommendation 1: Reframing and rethinking adolescent health and wellbeing
Recommendation 2: Assessing health needs and responses
Recommendation 3: Achieving universal health coverage
Recommendation 4: Create protective and empowering social scaffolds through intersectoral partnerships
Recommendation 5: Youth engagement and empowerment
Recommendation 6: Growing knowledge and capacity

Watch this space to see, how we ‘The Standing Commission on adolescent health and wellbeing’ with our collaborators, plan to change the global face of adolescent health and wellbeing.


We are very grateful for the support of  the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which provided much of the funding for the 2016 report. The Foundation has committed to developing a comprehensive and integrated approach to adolescent health.

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