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Dr. Venkatraman 

Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization
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“I am passionate about applying the best evidence
we have to improve adolescents’ lives around the world.”

The changing world of adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights

The world in which adolescents live has changed dramatically in the last 25 years and the response to their sexual and reproductive health and rights has evolved in important ways.

A new supplement in the Journal of Adolescent Health celebrates gains, confronts barriers, and identifies key areas of action for countries and key stakeholders to build on progress in the critical decade ahead. The four published articles were developed by technical teams at WHO and UNFPA, along with governments, academia, civil society, and funding organizations.

They were co-authored by young people from six regions around the world. In this video the six young coauthors of the paper have put together the key messages they took away from the four articles and would like to share.

Progress in adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights globally between 1990 and 2016: what progress has been made, what contributed to this, and what are the implications for the future?

In April 2020, the Journal of Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters published the above commentary which was in response to a paper published in the Lancet last year entitled: “Progress in adolescent health and well-being: tracking 12 headline indicators for 195 countries and territories, 1990-2016” (Peter Azzopardi et al, 2019). 

In our commentary, my coauthors and I agreed with the authors’ overall conclusions that although there has been progress in some health outcomes, health risks and social determinants, the situation has worsened in other areas. We then highlighted other important messages that emerge from studying the data with an adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (ASRHR) lens.  Read More…

On the 28th of May, the world commemorated Menstrual Hygiene Day, with the theme ‘It’s time for action’.

This tweet celebrates the day and points to a concrete action that health workers could take to respond to girls’ needs for menstrual hygiene products.


Image credit: International Women’s Health Coalition
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