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[Editorial] Adolescent health: boys matter too

It has been a good year for adolescents. Many global health reports and initiatives now mention adolescents. So also does the latest UN Population Fund’s State of the World Population 2015 report, released on Dec 3. Shelter from the Storm: a transformative agenda for women and girls in a crisis-prone world reminds us that there are 26 million women and adolescent girls in their childbearing years in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide. During the past 2 years or so, adolescents have been increasingly included in the women’s and child health agenda, culminating in UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s updated Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health into the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016–2030), presented on Sept 26 at the General Assembly.

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