Adolescent health publications

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Adolescent research briefs UNICEF: Developed with Columbia University and experts from the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing this series of briefs provides a much needed review of contemporary research methodologies for adolescent well-being in low- and middle-income countries, covering: indicators and data sources, ethics, research with disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, participatory research, measurement of the social and structural determinants of adolescent health, and adolescent economic strengthening interventions. 2017
Prioritising Adolescent Health UNFPA: Technical Guidance for Prioritising Adolescent Heath: This technical guidance, developed by the UNFPA- and WHO-led Adolescent Working Group of Every Woman Every Child, aims to support countries to both advocate for increased investments in adolescent health and to guide strategic choices and decision-making for such investments to be reflected in national development policies, strategies or plans. It describes a systematic process for identifying the needs, priorities and actions for adolescents to survive, thrive and transform their societies as envisioned through the Global Strategy of Every Woman Every Child. 2017
IAP report IAP: Accountability for the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health: In its inaugural report, the Independent Accountability Panel (IAP) presents its conceptual framework, inspired by human rights principles. Its approach is reinforced by a circular process – at the global and national level. 2016
Journal of Adolescent Health From Advocacy to Action in Global Adolescent Health: The three next steps to advance adolescent health from advocacy to effective action: (1) there is a pressing need for comprehensive and integrated strategies, inclusive of, but extending beyond, sexual and reproductive health, and HIV; (2) interventions should address both adolescent health service coverage and determinants of health that lie in sectors such as education, justice, transport, and industry and employment, as well as families and local communities; and (3) scale-up of responses will require not only investments in country-level capacities for measuring need and responding with evidence-based practice but also the establishment of processes for accountability and meaningful youth engagement.  2016
 Journal of Adolescent Health Evidence and Evidence Gaps in Adolescent Health: The momentum to bring adolescents and young adults to center stage in global health and international development is palpable. Adolescents are increasingly seen as a crucial group for the success of the newly adopted Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sitting within the Agenda for Sustainable Development framework, the 2030 Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health has extended the Every Woman, Every Child agenda to adolescence. The strategy articulates the need for adolescent responsive health systems as well as social determinants, a focus that extends to legal and policy environments. 2016
UN World Youth Report UN: Prepared by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the World Youth Report on Youth Civic Engagement explores young people’s participation in economic, political and community life, responding to growing interest in, and an increased policy focus on, youth civic engagement in recent years among Governments, young people and researchers. 2016
Young people and self-harm  Orygen: Looking the other way: Young people and self-harm is the first report in Australia that looks systematically and comprehensively into the largely hidden and misunderstood behaviour of self-harm among 12-25 year olds. 2016
A fair chance for every child UNICEF: The State of the World’s Children 2016: A fair chance for every child argues promoting equity is a practical and a strategic imperative, helping to break intergenerational cycles of disadvantage and thus reducing the inequalities that undermine all societies. 2016
Adolescent Boys and Young Men UNFPA: Adolescent Boys and Young Men takes a deeper look at the daily lives of adolescent boys and young men around the world and at how they can join the movement towards improved health and gender equality. 2016
Growing up unequal HBSC: Growing up unequal: gender and socioeconomic differences in young people’s health and well-being is the latest international report from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study and presents findings from the 2013/2014 survey, which collected data from almost 220 000 young people in 42 countries in Europe and North America. 2016
Girlhood, Not Motherhood UNFPA: Girlhood, Not Motherhood: Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy presents strategic thinking and reviews the best available evidence on effective strategies and interventions to empower girls and reduce their vulnerability to adolescent pregnancy. 2015
The Evaluation of Comprehensive Sexuality
Education Programmes
UNFPA: The Evaluation of Comprehensive Sexuality Education Programmes: A Focus on the Gender and Empowerment Outcomes, represents an important milestone in our understanding of advances in the field of comprehensive sexuality education evaluation. It offers an extensive review and analysis of a wide range of evaluation studies of different comprehensive sexuality education programmes, at different stages of development and from different contexts and setting across the globe. 2015
SRH of young people in Asia & the Pacific UNFPA: Sexual and reproductive health of young people in Asia and the Pacific reviews the status of young people’s sexual and reproductive health in 32 countries across Asia and the Pacific – focusing on the impact of existing policies and programmes, and showcasing best practices in the region. 2015
Choices not Chance UNFPA: Choices not Chance: Family Planning Strategy 2012-2020 is oriented squarely to the goal of achieving universal access to rights-based voluntary family planning as part of sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. 2015
Global Strategy (2016-2030) WHO: Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health 2016-2030 is a roadmap to achieve the highest attainable standard of health for all women, children and adolescents –to transform the future and ensure every newborn, mother, child and adolescent not only survives, but thrives. 2015
Shelter from the Storm UNFPA: State of the World Population 2015: Shelter from the Storm – A transformative agenda for women and girls in a crisis prone world  is the latest report from UNFPA. More than 100 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Among those displaced are tens of millions of women and adolescent girls. This report is a call to action to meet their needs and ensure their rights. 2015
Global Standards for quality health care WHO: Global Standards for quality health care services for adolescents report aims to assist policy-makers and health service planners in improving the quality of health-care services so that adolescents find it easier to obtain the health services that they need to promote, protect and improve their health and wellbeing. 2015
Core competencies WHO: Core competencies in adolescent health and development for primary care providers aims to help countries develop competency-based educational programs in adolescent health and development in both pre-service and in-service education. 2015
Building an adolescent competent workforce WHO: This policy brief clarifies the rationale for health-care providers to have special training in adolescent health, explains what are the core competencies required, and features WHO tools to support training in adolescent health. It is based on the Core competencies in adolescent health and development for primary care providers. 2015
Progress for Children UNICEF: Progress for Children Beyond Averages: Learning from the MDGs (No. 11), is the final report on the child-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 2015
Investing in Young Adults Institute of Medicine: Investing in the Health and Wellbeing of Young Adults, offers federal, state, and local policy makers and program leaders, as well as employers, non-profit organisations, and other community partners’ guidance in developing and enhancing policies and programs to improve young adults’ health, safety, and well-being. 2014
The Power of 1.8 Billion UNFPA: State of the World Population 2014: The power of 1.8 Billion.Young people matter. They matter because an unprecedented 1.8 billion youth are alive today, and because they are the shapers and leaders of our global future. They matter because they have inherent human rights that must be fulfilled. Yet, in a world of adult concerns, young people are often overlooked. This tendency cries out for urgent correction, because it imperils youth as well as economies and societies at large. 2014
Health for the world’s adolescents WHO: Health for the world’s adolescents is a dynamic, multimedia, online report. It describes why adolescents need specific attention, distinct from children and adults. It presents a global overview of adolescents’ health and health-related behaviours, including the latest data and trends, and discusses the determinants that influence their health and behaviours. 2014
World Youth Report 2013 UN: The 2013 World Youth Report on Youth Migration and Development aims to highlight some of the concerns, challenges and successes experienced by young migrants and other young people affected by migration (i.e. including sons and daughters of migrants (second generation), young people left behind by migrant parents in countries of origin, return migrants,etc.), from their own perspectives, based on their own experience, and in their own voice. 2013
Motherhood in Childhood UNFPA: State of the World Population 2013: Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy. Every day in developing countries, 20,000 girls below age 18 give birth. When a girl becomes pregnant, her present and future change radically, and rarely for the better. Her education may end, her job prospects evaporate, and her vulnerabilities to poverty, exclusion and dependency multiply. This report looks at the consequences on the health, education, employment and rights of an untold millions of girls. 2013
A report card on adolescents UNICEF: Progress for Children: A report card on adolescents provides an overview of the situation of adolescents, including of their vulnerabilities in critical areas. It makes a compelling case for increased efforts in advocacy, programming and policy, and for investment, to ensure the rights of adolescents and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. 2012
World Youth Report 2011 UN: The 2013 World Youth Report on Youth employment  explores the transition of young people from schools and training institutions into the labour market, a phase marking a critical period in the life cycle. 2011
An Age of Opportunity UNICEF: The State of the World’s Children 2011: Adolescence – An Age of Opportunity examines the global state of adolescents; outlines the challenges they face in health, education, protection and participation; and explores the risks and vulnerabilities of this pivotal stage. The report highlights the singular opportunities that adolescence offers, both for adolescents themselves and for the societies they live in. 2011
World Development Report The World Bank: Development and the Next Generation report examines five pivotal phases of life that can help unleash the development of young people’s potential with the right government policies: learning, working, staying healthy, forming families, and exercising citizenship. 2007

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