Economic Factors in Defining the Adolescence Package

Authors: Sue Horton, Jane Waldfogel, Elia De la Cruz Toledo, Jacqueline Mahon, John Santelli

Introduction:

Adolescents form a large proportion of the population in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Despite that, they have been relatively neglected in the international donor strategy for maternal, newborn, and child health until recently. The World Health Organization (WHO) (2013) comment that international donors provided only 30 percent of the funding commitments for adolescent health; LMICs and nongovernment organizations each provided more funding than international donors. Specific areas where funding is lacking include preventing unsafe abortion and coerced sex, as well as providing antenatal, childbirth, and postnatal care (iERG 2013). Many adolescents, defined as those ages 10 through 19 years, are entitled to appropriate health care under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, but those ages 18 and 19 years are not specifically included.