Adolescent Health

Swiss TPH promotes the health of adolescents through comprehensive approaches, considering individual behaviour, as well as the socio-cultural environment. Youth face multiple and complex challenges. Many adolescents die due to accidents, suicide, violence, pregnancy related complications and other illnesses that are either preventable or treatable. Moreover, many serious diseases in adulthood have their roots in adolescence.

Influence of Globalisation and Life-Style 

Globalisation, urbanisation, electronic communication, migration and economic challenges have radically changed and influence young people's lives. Therefore comprehensive approaches are needed that do not only focus on young people's behaviours but that take the socio-cultural and economic environment into account. Such approaches must consider the entire life cycle of young people. This is particularly important in low-income countries where the burden of youth-related health problems is high.

Many adolescents in the DRC lack access to sexual education.

Sexuality, Security and Health of Young People in Fragile Contexts

Swiss TPH improves the lives of adolescents and youth living in fragile contexts in Western and Central Africa. Young people in these settings are constantly on the move, displaced by insecurity, they often seek employment and safety away from their homes. The Jeune S3 programmes attempt to increase access and availability of health, education and information services related to sexual and reproductive health for young people. The project will also help build up youth organisations and networks to increase the participation of young people in the communities where they live. These efforts will focus on the most marginalised adolescents and youth in these settings, which are most at risk, including those in refugee or displaced person camps.

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Evaluation of Adolescent and Youth Programmes

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) commissioned Swiss TPH to evaluate its adolescent and youth programming globally. Results of this evaluation will inform the next Strategic Plan 2018-2021 of the organisation and the approach UNFPA takes to help countries reach the Sustainable Development Goals for adolescents and youth. UNFPA's adolescent and youth programmes operate in over 120 countries, emphasising youth-friendly health services, comprehensive sex education, generation and dissemination of disaggregrated data on adolescents and youth, adolescent and youth participation and leadership, and policy and programming to advance the human rights of adolescents and youth, particularly the most marginalised and vulnerable. Improving the health and well-being of adolescent girls is of particular concern.

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From School to Work

Social scientists scrutinise how adolescents manage the crucial transition from education to employment. For this period comes along with many opportunities but also health risks. In this period, adolescents make important decisions that affect their health status also later in life, including whether they start smoking, exercise or enjoy a balanced diet. The project aims not only to explain how, but also why social determinants such as education and employment can affect adolescent health promotion.

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The transition from school to work is a difficult period in the life of adolescents.