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World Health Organization. (2018) Young people: health risks and solutions. Geneva: World Health Organization.

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Key facts

  • More than 1.1 million adolescents aged 10-19 years died in 2016, over 3000 every day, mostly from preventable or treatable causes.
  • Road traffic injuries were the leading cause of death among adolescents in 2016. Other major causes of adolescent deaths include suicide, interpersonal violence, HIV/AIDS and diarrhoeal diseases.
  • Half of all mental health disorders in adulthood start by age 14, but most cases are undetected and untreated.
  • Globally, there are 44 births per 1000 to girls aged 15 to 19 per year.

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