In today's fast changing world, adolescents - people between the ages of 10 and 19 years - face a range of health and social challenges. Many adolescents make the transition to adulthood in good health while some others do not. In addition, many serious diseases in adulthood have their roots in behaviours initiated during adolescence. Public health response in needed to address their specific health needs to ensure that they realize their fullest potential and are able to contribute to national development.
Health for the world's adolescents