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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 78-82

Adolescent health and adolescent health programs in India


Department of Community Medicine, MGIMS, Wardha, Maharashtra, India

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B S Garg
Department of Community Medicine, MGIMS, Sevagram, Wardha, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/jmgims.jmgims_32_17

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health provides a unique opportunity for accelerated action for the health of adolescents. Investment in adolescent health is also essential to achieve the 17 SDGs and their 169 targets, each of which relates to adolescent development, health or well-being directly or indirectly. India has the largest adolescent population in the World. The health status of an adolescent determines the health status in his/her adulthood. Many serious diseases in adulthood have their roots in adolescence. The main health issues faced by the adolescents include: Mental health problems, early pregnancy and childbirth, (HIV/STI) and other infectious diseases, violence, injuries, malnutrition and substance abuse. To achieve wholesome adolescent health, we need to have a multidimensional approach covering all the adolescent health problems with special emphasis on mental health, behaviour change communication towards healthy lifestyle and positive social environment to acquire life skills.


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