There are 1.2 billion adolescents (10-19 years old) worldwide today and this number will rise through 2050. Nearly nine out of ten adolescents live in low- and middle-income countries. While the majority of adolescent health issues are preventable or treatable, adolescents face multiple barriers in accessing the knowledge, information and health care they need. Adolescents have failed to experience the reduction in mortality seen by younger children. While under five deaths halved during the Millennium Development Goal period, progress in adolescent mortality has stalled. Globally, adolescents carry 11 percent of the global disease burden and each year there are more than 1.1 million adolescent deaths. Among the greatest challenges is drugs use which is poorly understood especially among women due to stigma and criminalization of drugs in many countries. Studies have shown that drug use among women who inject drugs starts at adolescence in context of sexual relationships with older men and low educational attainment. Therefore there exist opportunities to mitigate progression of drug use among adolescents girls in low and middle income countries through improving education attainment, comprehensive drug use education and sexual reproductive health as well as sustainable livelihoods.
Adolescent girls supported to have great educational attainment.