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date: 30 June 2022

Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Healthlocked

Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Healthlocked

  • Ndola PrataNdola PrataUniversity of California Berkeley, School of Public Health and Bixby Center for Population, Health, and Sustainability
  •  and Karen WeidertKaren WeidertUniversity of California Berkeley, School of Public Health and Bixby Center for Population, Health, and Sustainability

Summary

Adolescence, spanning 10 to 19 years of age, begins with biological changes while transitioning from a social status of a child to an adult. For millions of adolescents in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), this is a period of exposure to vulnerabilities and risks related to sexual and reproductive health (SRH), compounded by challenges in having their SHR needs met. Globally, adolescent sexual and reproductive ill-health disease burden is concentrated in LMICs, with sexually transmitted infections and complications from pregnancy and childbirth accounting for the majority of the burden. Adolescents around the world are using their voices to champion access to high-quality, comprehensive SRH information and services. Thus, it is imperative that adolescents’ SRH and rights be reinforced and that investments in services be prioritized.

Subjects

  • Sexual & Reproductive Health

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