1.2 million adolescents die needlessly each year: World Health Organization report

1.2 million adolescents die needlessly each year: World Health Organization report

The deaths of more than 1.2 million adolescents every year - about 3,000 per day - could have been prevented with good health services, education and social support, the United Nations health agency today reported.

Around 1.2 billion people, or one in every six persons, are adolescents aged between 10 to 19 years.

In Africa, when looking at low- and middle-income countries, the bigger causes of adolescent deaths are communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, lower respiratory infections, and meningitis, compared with road injuries.

WHO's report includes the range of interventions - from seat-belt laws to comprehensive sexuality education - that countries can take to improve their health and well-being and dramatically cut unnecessary deaths.

In low- and middle-income countries of the African and Southeast Asian regions, 855, 000 adolescents in the age group of 10-19-years old died in the year 2015.

But the report - Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents - revealed striking differences when broken down by age, gender and location.

The report states that the biggest causes of death among adolescents are road traffic injuries, lower respiratory infections and suicide, which caused respectively 115,302, 72,655 and 67,149 deaths. Most of the adolescents killed in the road accidents are likely to be road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists.

Young men between the ages of 15 and 19 "make up the biggest share" of road fatalities, many of which are located in "poorer countries in Europe, the Americas and the Eastern Mediterranean region", the BBC says.

Microsoft President: Governments Must Treat Cyber Attack as 'Wake-Up Call'
It appears the people behind that attack, who have not yet been identified, earned about $26,000 , reports Krebs on Security. Authorities are on the hunt for those behind the Wannacry ransomware - the largest ransomware attack there's ever been.

"Adolescents have been entirely absent from national health plans for decades", WHO Assistant Director-General Dr. Flavia Bustreo said in a statement.

"In addition, many behaviours that impact health later in life, such as physical inactivity, poor diet and risk sexual health behaviour, begins in adolescence", it stated.

- For girls ages 15 to 19, pregnancy and childbirth complications are the top cause of death. Self-harm largely occurs in older teens and is the second leading cause of death in older teen girls.

- Suicide, often from depression rooted in violence, poverty or humiliation, is the third leading cause of death in older adolescents.

The health of adolescents needs to be intensified in humanitarian and fragile settings.

"These factors for adolescents are around their whole environment".

In 2014, the WHO report Health for the World's Adolescents showed that considerable gains from investments in maternal and child health programmes are at risk of being lost without corresponding investments in adolescent health.

"Parents, families, and communities are extremely important, as they have the greatest potential to positively influence adolescent behaviour and health", Costello added.

Related News:

  • Trump Says He Has 'Absolute Right' To Share Intelligence With Russia

    Trump Says He Has 'Absolute Right' To Share Intelligence With Russia

    Asked how concerned he was about Trump sharing information with Russian officials, he looked straight ahead, offering no reaction.

    Pep embraces second EPL chance at Man City

    Pep Guardiola's Manchester City stand at fourth position on the Premier League table. Here they gave me a second chance and we will try to do better.
    With Macron on board, Paris 2024 bid is 'ready right now'

    With Macron on board, Paris 2024 bid is 'ready right now'

    Paris unveiled another high-profile supporter in former France soccer great and Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. Paris bid committee co-president Tony Estanguet described Sunday's dialogue with the delegation "constructive".
  • Trump says he 'wanted to share with Russia'

    Trump says he 'wanted to share with Russia'

    A former senior US intelligence official told McClatchy the disclosure was "an intelligence officer's worst nightmare". The revelations drew strong condemnation from Democrats and a rare rebuke of Trump from some Republican lawmakers.
    NHS cyber attack: Hospital boss praises IT staff

    NHS cyber attack: Hospital boss praises IT staff

    Latest estimated has suggested that up to 75,000 people in 100 countries are affected by this huge NHS cyber attack . In total 47 NHS organisations reported being affected - and the disruption is continuing into the new working week.
    Penguins get even, down Senators, 1-0

    Penguins get even, down Senators, 1-0

    RW Chris Neil remained out of the Ottawa lineup in Game 2 after missing Game 1 because of what Boucher said was a nagging problem. He likes it when his guys have it out, even if they're caught on camera. "I thought we managed the first period really well".
  • UN Security Council condemns N. Korea's missile test

    North Korea has also launched satellites into orbit on long-range rockets that share some of the same technology as missiles. The last set of sanctions, imposed in March, capped China's imports of North Korean coal, a key cash earner for North Korea.

    New Work Week Brings Fears Global Cyberattack Could Spread

    The security flaw that hackers used to launch the attacks Friday was made public after information was stolen from the U.S. The WannaCry virus, the name of the ransomware used for the cyber attack, does not affect other systems, such as Apple.

    Kelly Olynyk erupts as Boston takes Game 7 over Washington

    These Celtics aren't short on belief, though, and their confidence has been intensified by a postseason filled with adversity. James and his guys score points in flurries and, unlike Boston, aren't even close to their goal for this postseason.
  • Trump frustrations with staff seen mounting amid firestorm over Comey's axing

    Trump frustrations with staff seen mounting amid firestorm over Comey's axing

    Fisher is one of almost a dozen candidates President Donald Trump is considering to succeed ousted FBI Director James Comey . He tells reporters that it's possible an announcement on James Comey's replacement could come before then.

    China dismisses India's concerns over OBOR, cites intl support

    India has turned down the invitation to be a part of China and Pakistan's One Belt One Road project. President Donald Trump promotes "America First" and questions existing global free trade deals.

    NASCAR at Kansas Speedway: Why You Should Care

    From there, the driver of the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford found himself one of the main players throughout Saturday night's race. Who Had a Bad Night: Danica Patrick, Joey Logano and Aric Almirola were involved in a violent crash on lap 199.

Most liked

Delhi HC to hear dengue, chikungunya menace matter
In 2015, 16,000 dengue cases were reported and 60 people lost their lives to the disease. We feel extremely pained over loss of human life", the bench said.

Sanders to campaign with Montana Dem in special election
But Democrats pounced on Gianforte when he seemed to suggest during the teleconference that there were ways around his pledge. Campaign spokesman Brock Lowrance on Monday called End Citizens United a "sham group" and the complaint "bogus".

Wreck closes both lanes on I-95
Several of the vehicles caught fire in the crash, with the nearby median and shoulders of the interstate also catching on fire. News13 viewer Vicki Harding Sorensen posted a photo from I-95 with visible smoke coming from the area.

Ransomware cyber-attacks slow but fears remain
Among those hit were Russia's Interior Ministry and companies including Spain's Telefonica and FedEx Corp.in the U.S. Chinese state media said 29,372 institutions there had been infected along with hundreds of thousands of devices.

You can now make calls between Amazon Alexa devices
The Echo Show integrates with compatible home security cameras like Ring and Arlo to beam the video feed to the integrated screen. Amazon has built two speakers into the Echo Show, so this will likely be the best Echo device for listening to music.

Sen. Warren: GOP blocking Democrats from health care talks
The longer that health care takes to finish, the longer that Republicans must wait to get moving on tax reform and other items. So far, its strategy appears to be selectively suggesting potential provisions of the legislation to the media.

Huge cyberattack ebbs as investigators work to find culprits
Most ATMs were running fine, there could be some which may not have updated Microsoft's Windows operating system, sources said. Federal Trade Commission, which has previously sued companies for misrepresenting their data privacy measures.

Mourinho: Some Man Utd players deserve to rest
But if I was on your side and you are always looking for these kinds of capital letters, big headlines, I accept if you say that". Mourinho rejected the argument that United could lose momentum by fielding weakened teams in their last Premier League games.

Priest stabbed at mass in Latin America's biggest cathedral
Authorities say a man armed with a knife has attacked a priest inside Mexico City's cathedral. Witnesses say it looked like the attacker's intention was to slit his throat.

Senators vs. Penguins live stream, Game 2
If Pittsburgh had scored first, it could have forced Ottawa to open up their game, which would play into the Penguins' hands. Ovechkin would likely bring a huge return in exchange for a team that is looking to get over the hump an needs more offense.

Amazon's streaming software powers new smart TVs
Element Electronics's Amazon Fire TV Edition smart TVs have the features of an Amazon Fire TV media streamer built right in. Overall, at least from a very limited first impression, we have to call these new Amazon Fire 4K TVs a pretty decent deal.

Trusts told to remain vigilant with updated cyber-attack guidance
USA package delivery giant FedEx, Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica and Germany's Deutsche Bahn rail network were among those hit. Experts and governments alike warn against ceding to the demands and Wainwright said few victims so far had been paying up.

Merkel wants to rekindle European Union spark in first date with President Macron
When Britain leaves the bloc in 2019, France will be the EU's only member with nuclear weapons and a permanent seat on the U.N. Merkel wished Macron luck in the legislative elections. "In the past, the subject of treaty change was a French taboo".

AAP used prototyope, EVMs are with us: Election Commission
We have the expertise to read the read-only memory (ROM) and find out the sequence of the votes. According to a TV report, the EC can give an opportunity to hack EVMs within two days.

Microsoft criticizes governments stockpiling software vulnerabilities following WannaCrypt ransomware attack
The city of Osaka said its home page went blank, although problems had not been detected otherwise. One of the best ways to do this is by ensuring that you regularly back up your key business files.