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Causes of adolescent death worldwide unchanged in two decades

Adolescents represent over a quarter of the world’s population, and yet when it comes to health, they have suffered from decades of neglect.

While global efforts have improved the health of children, the leading cause of death for adolescents has remained virtually unchanged since 1990.


A new report has revealed that road injuries, self-harm, violence, and tuberculosis are all still the main cause of death for 10-24 year olds. They are deaths that are easily preventable – so why haven’t we intervened?

Ninah Kopel talked to Peter Azzopardi, Researcher with the Centre for Adolescent Health at the University of Melbourne and the Murdoch Chlldren’s Research Institution.

Image: Petra Bensted on Flickr.

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