WHO helps countries ensure that their national responses to adolescent health are evidence-based and take into account the values and preferences of adolescents.
Improving the evidence base on adolescent health is critical. WHO helps countries improve measurements and strengthen data, conducts research and shares best practices.
WHO publishes evidence-based recommendations that are relevant to – or specific to – adolescents in all areas of health, including: positive development, communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, sexual and reproductive health, including including HIV, unintentional injury, violence and mental disorder. health, substance abuse and self-harm.
To support the implementation of these recommendations, WHO produces a range of policy and program support tools. At the heart is the Global Accelerated Action for Adolescent Health (AA-HA!), which guides policy makers and program managers at the national level on how to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate adolescent health programs.
WHO also helps countries to scale up their efforts in service delivery, funding and governance, helps build the capacity of researchers and programmers at the national level, and provides technical support to policies and programs.
Adolescents need protection from harm on the one hand, and support to make independent decisions on the other. They have a key role to play in responding to their own health and well-being. WHO’s 13th General Program of Work recognizes this and commits to working with adolescents as central partners to improve adolescent health.