Biggest killers of African youth revealed

From MARIA MACHARIAin Nairobi, Kenya,NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – MOREthan 3 000 adolescents, mostly in Africa, are
dying daily from largely preventable causes.This total over 1,2 million deaths per year.According to the United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO), road traffic injuries, lower respiratory infections and suicide are the biggest causes of death among these youths. Most young people are killed in road crashes with most being vulnerable pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.WHO said most of the deaths could be prevented with good health services,education and social support.However, in many cases, adolescents who suffer from mental health disorders, substance abuse or poor nutrition cannot obtain critical prevention and care services.In addition, many behaviours that impact health later in life, such as physical inactivity, poor diet, and risky sexual health behaviour, begin in adolescence.Dr Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General, said adolescents had been entirely absent from national health plans for decades.“Relatively small investments focused on adolescents now will not only result in healthy and empowered adults who thrive and contribute positively to their communities, but it will also result in healthier future generations, yielding enormous returns.”The WHO report also includes a range of interventions including seat-belt laws and comprehensive sexuality education to improve their health and well-being and cut unnecessary deaths.

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