Bringing together over 4,500 participants from 149 countries, the Women Deliver conference in May this year was one of the largest ever gatherings of policymakers, advocates and researchers aimed exclusively at women’s health and empowerment.
Calling for investment in the health and development of adolescents and young people, the three-day event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia highlighted the problems faced by adolescent girls and young women, and stressed the importance of addressing individual and global health needs and rights, such as reducing maternal mortality and HIV infection.
In response, WSSCC’s Archana Patkar worked with 15 fellow health advisors, academic researchers and other experts on an article for the online journal, Reproductive Health, which covers the conference’s major themes and proposes solutions for meeting the health and development needs of adolescents and young people.
Available online at: www.reproductive-health-journal.com/content/10/1/51, the authors argue that ‘investing in adolescents and young people is crucial for ensuring health, creating prosperity and fulfilling human rights’. According to UNICEF, there are currently 1.2 billion adolescents in the world – the largest population of 10-19-year-olds in human history. As the numbers rise, so do potential threats. Every year, for instance, an estimated 1.4 million adolescents die from road traffic injuries, violence and pregnancy-related causes.
The article covers a range of critical subjects, including the negative health and social effects of gender inequality – illustrated by child marriage and taboos around menstruation – and calls for better sex education, adolescent-centred health services, greater government leadership and intervention, and more involvement by adolescents in national and local health initiatives.
Delivering a thought-provoking piece, the authors conclude with a clear message. ‘The time to act is now. We know more now than ever before about the health and development needs of adolescents and young people, as well as the solutions to meeting those needs.’
(The article below was originally published with support from WSSCC by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, here) Presented by Water Supply and Sanitation Collaboration Council (WSSCC), State of Qatar (Qatar Fund for Development), Global Citizen, and Education Cannot Wait, this side event focused on sanitation as a key determinant of health and education. Panelists shared examples […]
(The article below was originally published with support from WSSCC by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, here) This side event convened to launch and discuss the findings of a global review on the effectiveness of national accountability mechanisms on progress towards the water and sanitation targets of SDG 6. The report is available online […]
On July 11, 2018 Simavi and WSSCC hosted a panel discussion during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, about “Putting Menstrual Health on the 2030 Agenda.” This event was the 5th of a live webinar series related to menstrual health management and was attended by over 100 in person and online participants. The event […]
Mr. Ali Abdulla Al Dabbagh, Deputy Director General for Planning at the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), and Mr. Rolf Luyendijk, Executive Director of the UN-hosted Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), will speak to policy- and decision-makers in New York on Thursday, 12 July 2018, about the high returns that sanitation and hygiene […]