Young People’s Health

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Globally, more and more young people go to school and have access to and use modern contraceptives, including condoms. This means fewer adolescent girls are becoming pregnant and the HIV prevalence rate has dropped in many countries. However, over 16 million adolescent girls still give birth every year, the rate of new HIV-infections among teenagers remains high, and obesity due to a lack of physical activity has recently become a major health issue among young people. 1.3 million young people died in 2012 and most of these deaths could have been prevented. Promoting healthy life styles among adolescents and protecting them from health risks is critical for the prevention of health problems in adulthood and a valuable investment into a country’s future.

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