Inequalities in healthcare and social services are being exacerbated and disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The usage of digital healthcare and technologies, on the other hand, has increased dramatically. This opens up new possibilities, particularly for the 1 in 3 children and teens under the age of 18 who are now online.
A few of the reasons why digital health solutions contribute to boosting girls’ empowerment and fulfilling their human rights are presented by the WHO and UN Special Research Programme HRP.
Young people are well-positioned to express their requirements and make important contributions when it comes to identifying solutions related to their health, the technology they use, or how they access information. Whenever it comes to initiatives that directly impact their daily life (such as programs, strategies, regulations, or financing methods), they still face significant obstacles to effective cooperation.
In 2021, WHO, HRP, UNESCO, UNICEF, and UNFPA will create a framework for youth-centered digital health initiatives.
Young people should take the lead and make choices when developing effective digital healthcare solutions for them. As well as tips on how to get young people involved in the design and implementation of digital health services.
Nearly a quarter (24%) of teenage girls who have been in relationships suffer physical and/or sexual abuse from an intimate partner, according to new WHO statistics on violence against women.
Effective prevention requires working with adolescents and young adults to promote equality and gender-equitable attitudes.
The rising levels of violence at COVID-19 represent a serious danger to women, children, and families, and should be condemned.
Targeted investment in evidence-based preventive measures at local, national, regional, and global levels is critical for preventing violence against women and girls in the future, in all of its manifestations.
Due to COVID-19’s focus on gender violence, WHO has created many new resources.
In the lives of children and young people, technology cannot substitute the support and direction of adults, but there are numerous ways in which it may assist education, counseling, and care linked to sexuality and sexual identity and relationships in a child’s or young person’s life.
For out-of-school CSE programs suitable and safe for various factions of children and young people, WHO recently worked with partners, including HRP. This goes hand in hand with UN recommendations on sexuality education in schools.
These two pieces of advice examine whether digital media may serve as a viable distribution method for CSE. Both agree that sexual activity, as well as providing and receiving sexual pleasure, are natural and healthy parts of life.
When contrasted to adolescents in other regions of the globe, data indicate that Sub-Saharan African adolescents suffer the greatest cost of poor sexual and reproductive health. Unacceptable disparities such as these and others call for immediate action.
Teenage sexual health must take equity into account. For the sake of their health and human rights, it is critical to provide adolescents and young people with equal access to contraception information and quality services.
WHO has produced a series of “country profiles” that synthesize statistics on ten key aspects of teenage SRH in acknowledgment of the significant difficulties adolescents experience with respect to their reproductive health and rights. In order to uncover “pockets” of subpar health outcomes concealed in national averages and improve decision-making for all adolescents, such differentiated data is essential. It helps uncover “pockets.”