Strategic directions for improving the health and development of children and adolescents

The WHO Strategic Directions document summarises priority areas for action by the World Health Organization (WHO) based on global evidence including the following areas:

  • Maternal and newborn health
  • Nutrition
  • Communicable diseases
  • Injuries and violence
  • Physical environment
  • Adolescent health
  • Psychosocial development and mental health.

This document proposes a flexible, country-specific approach that reflects and respects differences in epidemiology. In addition, it outlines a strategic framework that is based on equity, the life course and a public health approach. It is intended to contribute to the definition of a new and common agenda for children and adolescents with member states and partners, and guide the work of WHO with member states.

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