- Written by Peace Loise Mbae
The Ministry of Health is holding its second health symposium with the aim of encouraging adolescents to be powerful agents for positive change in their societies in health.
The Kenya National Adolescent Health symposium being held at Safari Park Hotel on the 23 and 24 is ensuring that adolescents fully participate in developing themselves, their families, communities and the nation, towards harnessing the demographic dividend.
Organized by the Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health Unit in the Ministry of Health with the theme “Fast Tracking Adolescent Health for the demographic dividend: Adolescent Health now for a healthy, educated and economically growing population”
During the symposium, multisector investment is sought in order to yield a quadruple dividend; to the adolescent right now, in future, for the adolescents’ future generation and for the economies of their communities.
The objectives of the event is to also stimulate debate around a multisector approach to improving Adolescent Health through coordination and interaction of the health, education and financial sectors.
It is also expected to promote, scale up and replication of evidence-based interventions that are demonstrated to have worked in various settings including country implementation of the Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents guidelines.
The Ministry aims at identifying new approaches to adolescent health interventions and investments and to build partnerships and synergies across different disciplines together with adolescents.
In attendance will be policymakers, Ministry of health officials, development and implementation partners, regional, national and county representatives, academia, researchers, public and private practitioners and adolescents.
The topics to be covered will include Leadership and governance for Adolescent Health, Adolescent Health and Education, service delivery and Crosscutting Issues in Adolescent Health.
Adolescence is the period in human growth and development that occurs after childhood and before adulthood, from ages 10 to 19, where young adolescents are between the ages of 10-14 years and older adolescents are between the ages of 15-19 years.
According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, there are approximately 9.1 million adolescents between the ages of 10-19 years in Kenya which constitutes about 24 per cent of Kenya’s total population, a group the Ministry of Health is targeting.