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Adolescents – young people between the ages of 10 and 19 years – are often thought of as a healthy group. Nevertheless, many adolescents do die prematurely due to accidents, suicide, violence, pregnancy related complications and other illnesses that are either preventable or treatable. Many more suffer chronic ill-health and disability. In addition, many serious diseases in adulthood have their roots in adolescence. For example, tobacco use, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, poor eating and exercise habits, lead to illness or premature death later in life.

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2009 09:13

Press Releases: Adolescent Health

  • PQS Catalogue

    The Performance, Quality and Safety (PQS) Catalogue includes WHO prequalified products used in immunization programs such as cold chain equipment, syringes, safety boxes, temperature monitoring devices and other clod chain and logistics equipment.

  • PAHO Immunization Unit’s Measles Experts Interviewed on Univision

    Dr. Cuauhtémoc Ruiz Matus, chief of the Comprehensive Family Immunization Unit, along with Dr. Desiree Pastor, regional advisor on measles and rubella, were interviewed by the television channel Univision to discuss measles, a matter that has recently received significant media attention. This media attention is mainly due to the recent outbreaks that have affected the Region, particularly an outbreak that was linked to the Disneyland theme park in California.

OPS presenta publicación sobre la promoción de conductas saludables entre la población adolescente La Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) ha lanzado una nueva publicación científico-técnica dedicada a la promoción de conductas saludables entre la población adolescente de las Américas.(31/Jul/2008)

Women and Children Must be Shielded Against Impact of Global Food Price Increase. The regional heads of ECLAC, PAHO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, and WFP issued an urgent call on the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean to take timely action to ensure the protection of children and pregnant and lactating women against soaring food prices.(30/May/2008)

CARMEN School International Course: Social Marketing and Preventing Child Obesity (Santiago, Chile, 26–27 August 2008) The objectives of this course are to Identify the principles that characterize social marketing and planning programs using the marketing mix (the "4 Ps": Product, Price, Place/ distribution, and Promotion) (30/May/2008)

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