Opinion: Achieving real gender equality for adolescent health

November 14, 2016
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Jessica Lea | DfID

Ayah Nayfeh and Montasser Kamal, IDRC

The world is now home to the greatest number of youth (aged 10–24) in history. Unfortunately the social, economic, and environmental realities for these 1.2 billion adolescents puts them among the most marginalized and excluded people the world has ever seen.

Increasing conflict and political fragility in many parts of the world have exacerbated and entrenched health disparities for young people, particularly adolescent girls who routinely face diminished access and barriers to health care.

Read the post about adolescent health by IDRC’s Program Management Officer Ayah Nayfeh and Program Leader Montasser Kamal in Development Unplugged, a Canadian Council for International Cooperation and Huffington Post blog.

This blog post is part of the "Resilient and Responsive Health Systems for a Changing World" series by the Canadian Society for International Health and Health Systems Global. It explores the central issues that will be explored at the 4th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Vancouver, November 14–18, 2016.