Visualizing the problems and generating solutions for adolescent health in the African Region
Demographic changes in the past decades have led to the largest generation of young people, aged 10-24 years, in the world today. This group is comprised of adolescents, aged 10-19 years, and youth aged between 15-24 years. Young people account for 28% of the global population. While this proportion will decline in most regions in the coming years, it will remain above 30% until 2035 in Africa.
Approximately 196.5 million adolescents live in the African Region, representing 31% of the population. Morbidity and mortality rates amongst the adolescent population in Africa are high compared to other regions of the world. Pregnancy-related causes, HIV/AIDS, road traffic injuries, violence, and suicide rank among the main causes of adolescent deaths in the region.