Health for the world's adolescents is a dynamic, multimedia, online report (www.who.int/adolescent/second-decade). It describes why adolescents need specific attention, distinct from children and adults. It presents a global overview of adolescents' health and health-related behaviours, including the latest data and trends, and discusses the determinants that influence their health and behaviours. It features adolescents' own perspectives on their health needs.
The report brings together all WHO guidance concerning adolescents across the full spectrum of health issues. It offers a state-of-the-art overview of four core areas for health sector action:
• providing health services
• collecting and using the data needed to advocate, plan and monitor health sector interventions
• developing and implementing health-promoting and health-protecting policies and
• mobilizing and supporting other sectors.
The report concludes with key actions for strengthening national health sector responses to adolescent health.