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Adolescents according to the World Health Organization, also known as “Teens or Teenagers”, are individuals aged 10 to 19 years and are classified under the population of Young People generally who are aged 10 to 24 years. Also, within this age range is when puberty, psychosocial, emotional and secondary sexual features begin to set in and develop over time.
Adolescents are an important of the global population; as they are young and steadily increasing with great potentials, that by 2030, they are expected to have a number strength of greater than 1.3billion across the world. Some of the problems related to their health include unwanted pregnancy, unsafe abortion, sexually transmitted infection, maternal and perinatal morbidity, and mortality, delivery complications which are leading causes of death among them and of serious public health concern.

In March, we were invited to Eric Moore High School, Surulere – Lagos where we spoke to enlighten and educate about 200 hundred adolescent school girls with few selected boys on “Abstinence and sexually transmitted infections”. The program was themed “She Needs to know Event #Girlpower”; a project on sexual and reproductive health education of the girl child, in bid to pass across correct and proper information to them so as to avert possible globally relevant problems associated such as high mortality rate from unsafe abortion, intergenerational poverty, intergenerational illiteracy, intergeneration teenage childbearing and many more.
The organizers of the program were African Youths Initiative on Crime Prevention (AYICRIP), Office of Gender and Research in partnership with Lagos State Government Education District IV, in commemoration of 2019 International Women’s Day.
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Agoyi M. O.
Programs Manager,
Safer Hands Health Initiative,


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