Guidance to Support Country Implementation
by Mary Louisa Plummer, Valentina Baltag, Kathleen Strong et al.
World Health Organization, 2017
The meaningful involvement of young people in all aspects of their own, and their communities’ development brings multiple benefits. From an operational perspective, adolescent participation contributes to better decisions and policies. It allows decision-makers to tap into adolescents’ unique perspectives, knowledge and experiences, which brings a better understanding of their needs and problems and leads to better solutions. Furthermore, respecting adolescents’ views regarding their health care ensures that more adolescents will seek services and remain engaged in accessing them. Countries should ensure that adolescents’ expectations and perspectives are included in national programming processes.