Sex education can save lives

More than 3000 adolescents die every day, totalling 1.2 million deaths a year, from largely preventable causes, according to a new report from WHO entitled “Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents: Guidance to Support Country Implementation”. This document addresses issues that endanger teenagers’ health and outlines a series of strategies to improve teenagers’ health globally. The consequences of unprotected sexual intercourse and unwanted pregnancies continue to disrupt young people’s lives, especially in developing countries. For this reason, WHO emphasises better sex education among teenagers as a true life-saving strategy. This aims at overcoming the spread of sexually transmitted infections, such as HIV, and a decrease in the number of early and unwanted pregnancies. Unesco Health and Education Section Director Chris Castle, who contributed to the drafting of the WHO report said: “In all countries – regardless of HIV prevalence – comprehensive sexuality education should be integrated into school curricula and should include the promotion of gender equality and respect for human rights”.

Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!) - Guidance to Support Country Implementation, World Health Organization (2017)

PP-SH-UK-0016 | Date of preparation: Feb 2018