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- This article describes the selection of priority indicators for adolescent (10–19 years) health measurement proposed by the Global Action for Measurement of Adolescent health advisory group and partners, building on previous work identifying 33 core measurement areas and mapping 413 indicators across these areas.
- This global survey of experts assessed the suitability of different health-related interventions for inclusion in school health services (SHSs) to inform development of the World Health Organization global guideline on SHSs.
- Schools have unmatched potential to provide health services to older children and adolescents. Nowadays, in virtually every country of the world, the great majority of school-age children and adolescents (5–19 years) attend school on approximately half of the days of the year. Global net primary and secondary school enrolment rates1 have increased substantially over recent decades; by 2020, they were estimated to have reached 89% and 66%, respectively [1,2]. In countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, children and adolescents are estimated to spend an average of 7,590 hours in the classroom over the 8–10 years that they are in primary and lower secondary school .
- Adolescence and young adulthood constitute a period when exploratory behaviors can evolve into risky behaviors. Most causes of adolescent ill health are preventable; therefore, it is a priority to detect them early before they turn into health problems. Previsit multidomain psychosocial screening tools are used by professionals to detect and prioritize potentially problematic issues. In conjunction with appropriate clinician training, these tools have improved clinician screening rates in several areas of adolescent health.
- In 2015, all the member states of the United Nations signed up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) . SDG 3 aims to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.” Central to this goal are the concepts of health and well-being. This is at least as true for adolescents (10–19 years) as for any other age group. The United Nations Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016–2030), which aims to “ensure health and well-being for every woman, child and adolescent” within the context of the SDGs, recognizes that adolescents will be central to the overall success of the strategy .
- Adolescents have shifted into the focus of global policy, reflecting their central role in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) [1,2]. With 1.2 billion adolescents aged 10–19 years, the largest adolescent population in human history, representing more than 16% of the world's population, investments in adolescent health and well-being will yield benefits not only for adolescents now but also for their adult lives and future generations [3,4].
- The World Health Organization (WHO) undertook an extensive and elaborate process to develop eight Global Standards to improve quality of health care services for adolescents. The objectives of this article are to present the Global Standards and their method of development.