Adolescents are not simply old children or young adults. This deceptively simple observation lies at the heart of Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!): guidance to support country implementation – which reflects the coming of age of adolescent health within global public health.

This guidance is a milestone for translating the Global Strategy into action. It provides a wealth of information to policy-makers, practitioners, researchers, educators, donors and civil society organizations – including the most upto-date data on the major disease and injury burdens that affect adolescents. It supports the implementation of the Global Strategy by providing the comprehensive information that countries need to decide what to do for adolescent health and how to do it. It builds on ongoing efforts to ensure that adolescents can Survive and Thrive and are in a position to Transform the societies in which they live.

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