A second chance in the second decade

Accelerating action for the health of the world’s adolescents


Key points

The key actions for the health sector to improve and maintain the health of adolescents:

  1. Understand that adolescent health is essential for public health.
  2. Strengthen advocacy for adolescent health.
  3. Incorporate a focus on adolescents into all health policies, strategies and programmes.
  4. Use the response to adolescent health as an indicator of equity.
  5. Involve adolescents and maintain a positive perspective toward them.
  6. Support interventions that go beyond the individual adolescent.
  7. Improve the collection, analysis and use of data.
  8. Focus on universal health coverage for the second decade.
  9. Work with other sectors to improve the health of adolescents.
  10. Define and fund research priorities.