The National Policy on the Health and Development of Adolescents and Young People in Nigeria

Jan 01, 2015
  • Description

Young people constitute about a third of Nigeria's population, and face considerable health and development challenges, which include high rates of unwanted pregnancy, unsafe abortion, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse, nutritional problems, and violence. The National Policy on the Health and Development of Adolescent and Young People in Nigeria, approved in 2007, seeks to promote the optimal health and development of young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in Nigeria. The key areas of intervention of this policy are sexual and reproductive health and rights, nutrition, accidents and violence, mental health, substance abuse, education, career and employment, spirituality, social adjustment and parental responsibilities.