On International Youth Day, FP2020 is joining the International Association of Adolescent Health (IAAH) to call on countries, communities and clinicians to protect and support the health and wellbeing of adolescents throughout the pandemic response.

First and foremost is to ensure adolescents are able to obtain quality health information and services. This must include sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services so that adolescents can prevent, delay, or space a pregnancy, and avoid sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Continued inattention to identifying and addressing their health and social needs will have far-reaching consequences for adolescents as well as their families and communities. 

This statement was developed by FP2020 and IAAH, with input from global professional associations of health care providers (listed below). In addition, the World Health Organization Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research (WHO/SRH) and UNFPA contributed to the technical content and review of this statement. It is intended to be a resource that health-care workers can use to raise awareness of the needs of adolescents, and to spur actions that minimize risks and vulnerabilities. Health-care providers are respected leaders in their communities and are well positioned to facilitate such efforts, along with parents, teachers, religious leaders and young people themselves.  

Ways to Use this Statement

Here are some immediate ways to use the statement:

  • Identify and implement activities that provider associations and individual members can take to influence national and local health policies, programs, and guidelines to ensure the health needs of adolescents and young people are acknowledged and addressed.
  • Identify and implement actions that you can take in your community and in your own practice to protect the health and wellbeing of adolescents and young people.
  • If you use social media, please make use of the social media toolkit produced by FP2020 which can be found here.

One of the most important things you can do is to spend time with young people in your community. Listen to the challenges they face, and work in partnership with them to address the multiple challenges posed by COVID-19. 

On International Youth Day, we thank you for being an ally of adolescents and young people and ensuring their health during COVID-19.


Endorsing Organizations