Abuja, September 1, 2021 – The World Health Organization (WHO) pledges continued support to the Federal Government of Nigeria in its efforts to improve adolescent health towards achieving the health sustainable development goals.
WHO Country Representative in Nigeria Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo at the inauguration of the First and Second African Youth Conference on Adolescent Health Nigeria in Abuja recently, said the phase of adolescence is a unique stage in human development and an important time to lay the foundations for good health. In order to promote a healthy lifestyle for the age group, WHO helped the government to develop three adolescent health and development policies from 2001 to 2025: National Policy for Adolescent Health and Development 2021 to 2025 , National Plan for the Implementation of Adolescent and Youth Health and Development 2021 to 2025 and is the national framework for monitoring and evaluating adolescent and youth health and development 2021 to 2025. Speaking on behalf of Dr Mulombo at the 20 August 2021 conference, WHO Technical Officer for Adolescent Health Dr Joy Ufere said policies are focused on improving the health of adolescents and young people.
“The WHO flagship program on adolescent health will continue to improve the health and development of adolescents and young people, producing evidence-based guidelines and making recommendations to governments on adolescent health and adolescent-friendly health towards achieving universal health coverage, ”said Dr Joy Ufere
She added that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development cannot be achieved without investing in adolescent health and well-being, including the achievement of its goals related to poverty, hunger, education, gender equality, water and sanitation, economic growth, human settlements, climate change and peaceful and inclusive societies.
Further, Dr Salma Anas Kolo, who represented the Nigerian Minister of Health at the conference, reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to adolescent well-being said, “As we reflect on the theme of the conference: Hold pledges: Optimize investments in health and reaffirm our commitments to the Global, Regional and National Agenda on Adolescent Health. In keeping with this administration’s campaign promises, the national aspiration is to invest in the health and well-being of adolescents and young people.
This administration believes this is essential to achieve the SDGs and demographic dividends. With adolescents making up around 16% of the world’s population, 23% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa, and 22% of the Nigerian population, it’s pretty clear that investing in this target group will fuel economic growth leading to increased productivity. , a decrease in health expenditure and an interruption of the intergenerational transmission of ill health, poverty and discrimination, among others.
The three-day conference on August 18-21, 2021 on the theme, Keeping the Promises: Maximizing Investment in Adolescent Health in Africa, which was organized by the Society for Adolescent and Youth Health in Nigeria (SAYPHIN ), is a convergence of thousands of stakeholders working to improve the health and general well-being of adolescents and young people in Nigeria and across Africa. It also presented a unique opportunity for stakeholders working in the adolescent space, policy makers and young people to assess progress made in realizing the promises related to adolescents and young people.
Other dignitaries present at the three-day event were Shonga’s Emir Dr Haliru Yahaya, professional associations and academics in the field of adolescent health. -Government organizations.
Adolescence is a phase of life between the ages of 10 and 19 and an important period for laying the foundations for good health. The period is characterized by an important physical, psychological and social transition. Although considered a stage of life, more than 1.1 million adolescents die each year from preventable causes such as traffic accidents, suicide and interpersonal violence.