Health is an important topic in our world which should be taken seriously at all times. With the progress our race is having in this field, a recent study has showed that there still lies inequality between genders for adolescents. The study has shown that the rates of inequality has risen in large values compared to 25 years ago.
The study was published in the Lancet, which showed that the 1.8 billion adolescents worldwide who are affected by inequality are further joined by 250 million more children facing the same problem since 1990.
Lead author of the study and MPH holder, John Santelli, is a professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He believes that the study is crucial to understand and track the adolescent situation. He commented saying “The study demonstrates both success and failure in adolescent health. Health, education, and employment systems have not been able to keep up with shifting adolescent needs and demographic change.”
The problem is observed in the government’s role in assessing health care for adolescents. Investments should be placed to help save adolescents from Non-communicable diseases. Furthermore, the inequality in genders forces worse health conditions and encourages bad behaviors which lead to the unforeseen conditions.
“While there have been great improvements in adolescent health in some countries, the greatest population growth has been in countries where adolescents experience the largest disease burden,” says John.