A short course of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the World Health Organisation, in collaboration with Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, the Public Health Foundation of India, UNFPA and UNICEF.
Investing in the health and development of adolescents is essential for achieving the millennium development goals, promoting public health and ensuring economic development. Not only do adolescents suffer significant mortality and morbidity, but most adult health problems, from HIV to lung cancer and heart disease, have their roots in attitudes and behaviours that start during the second decade of life.
There is increasing evidence for effective interventions to improve adolescents health and development, and growing consensus about priorities for action, in terms of what needs to be done and how. However, there is an urgent need to develop the capacity to do what needs to be done, particularly in countries where the needs are greatest and the resources most limited.
A two-week course in Adolescent Health has been developed to help fill this need. The first three courses in 2010 - 2012 were very successful. The fourth course will be run from 17 - 28 June 2013. It will focus primarily on the health sector, whilst recognising that many other sectors need to contribute to the health and development of adolescents. It will have a special emphasis on low and middle-income countries (LMICs).
The course will be organized and taught by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, the Public Health Foundation of India, UNFPA, and UNICEF.
Faculty for the course will include staff who have extensive expertise in health sector programming for adolescent health and development from the LSHTM, WHO, the Obafemi Awolowo University (Ile-Ife, Nigeria), the Public Health Foundation of India, UNICEF and UNFPA, as well as staff from other institutions.
Teaching will be conducted at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and will include lectures, group work, and opportunities for participatory learning. For some sessions, participants will work in groups on a case study related to either India or Nigeria. The course materials, including lecture notes and PowerPoint presentations, key references and other programme support materials, such as the country case studies, will be provided electronically.
* Adolescence and adolescent development
* Theories of risk, vulnerability, resilience and behaviour change
* Epidemiological methods and data specific to adolescent health
* Frameworks for understanding and prioritizing health sector interventions for adolescent health
* Steps to develop and improve health sector policies and plans
for adolescent health: situation analysis, surveillance,
monitoring, evaluation and adolescent participation
* Approaches to reviewing evidence and carrying out research on adolescent health and development
* Challenges in adolescent health: including sexual and reproductive health, drugs and alcohol, mental health, nutrition, injuries, violence, infectious and non-communicable diseases
* Current focus and priorities of international agencies
The course has been designed for mid-career professionals who have experience in adolescent health and current responsibilities for health sector interventions in LMICs. This may include health professionals, programme implementers and policy makers, as well as researchers with a specific interest in adolescent health. The course will have a public health rather than a clinical medicine orientation. Applicants should have a good command of English.
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