The WHO European Region’s series of “Young people’s health as a whole-of-society response” shows that gender differences and inequalities affect various aspects of illness, health and wellbeing in girls and boys in Europe. By addressing gender as a key determinant of adolescent health, this publication aims to support Member States’ work in the framework of the European Strategy for Child and Adolescent Health and Development.
Research shows that boys and girls differ in their exposure and vulnerability to health risks and ill-health conditions. Yet there is insufficient progress in transforming knowledge into policy action. It is also an useful tool to strengthen innovative ways of working across sectors, which is one of the core policy actions of the new European policy for health, Health 2020.
The series summarizes current knowledge on what works in promoting the well-being of adolescents. It is part of a series that includes social and emotional well-being, chronic conditions and disabilities, adolescent pregnancy, HIV/STIs, overweight and obesity, violence, injuries and substance abuse.
The publication strongly empahasises the position that young people’s health is the responsibility of the whole society, and that any actions (policy or practice) to tackle these need to be gender responsive in order to be successful - examples include cross-sector policies, families and communities actions, and interventions by health systems and health services.
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