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Module 5: The place of adolescent health, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health
in the context of, and beyond the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals)

Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli

From Research to Practice: Training Course in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research 2011

September 30, 2011 - Geneva

The place of adolescent health, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health in the context of, and beyond the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals)

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Chandra-Mouli V. The place of adolescent health, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health in the context of, and beyond the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals). Paper presented at: Training Course in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research; 2011 Sep 30; Geneva. Available from: http://www.gfmer.ch/SRH-Course-2011/adolescent-health/Adolescent-health-MDG-Chandra-Mouli-2011.htm

Topics covered in the module

  • The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
  • The place of adolescents & adolescent health within the MDGs
  • Progress in achieving the MDGs
  • The Global Strategy on Women's and Children's Health
  • Important health issues affecting adolescents, which are not addressed by the MDGs

Assignment

  1. Read the document titled MDGs Goals Progress Chart. You will see that the chart provides a status report by region. Based on your knowledge and understanding of the situation in your country, put down what - in your opinion - is the progress that your country has made in achieving the health-related MDGs (4, 5 and 6). Explain your answer.
    (Note: You may want to try to get a status report prepared by the Ministry of Health in your country on its assessment of the progress made).
  2. Read the document titled Global Strategy for Women and Children's Health. You will see that pages 7 and 8 address the topic:

    Key elements of the Global Strategy:
  • Country led plans,
  • Comprehensive, integrated package of essential interventions and services,
  • Integrated care,
  • Health systems strengthening,
  • Health workforce capacity building, and
  • Coordinated Research and innovation.

Based on your learning in the previous four modules of this block, identify one issue relevant to adolescents in each of these elements.

  1. To begin with, read the document titled Youth and Health Risks: Report by the Secretariat to the World Health Assembly from start to finish. Re-read the sections titled Health risks with immediate consequences (paras 5-10) and Health risks affecting health productive adulthood and future generations (para 11). Based on your knowledge and understanding of the situation in your country, put down what - in your opinion - are the health risks facing adolescents in the areas:
  • Injuries and violence
  • Nutrition
  • Tobacco, alcohol and drug use

Explain your answer.
(Note: You may want to try to get a status report prepared by the Ministry of Health in your country for the United Nations General Assembly Summit on Non Communicable Diseases that was held in New York in September 2011).

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