Carolin Ekman

Adolescents are key to sustainable development, and several global initiatives call for greater investment in their health. Consequently, to track return of these investments, there has been a rapid proliferation of measurement efforts. However, these efforts have been poorly coordinated, resulting in duplication in some areas and persistent measurement gaps in others, along with the inconsistent definition, use and reporting of indicators, limiting comparability, and use of the data.

To address these issues and improve alignment and capacity for adolescent health measurement in countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with UN partners established the Global Action for Measurement of Adolescent Health (GAMA) Advisory Group.


In this article, recently published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, GAMA proposes areas of ADH measurement to prioritise in national and global ADH measurement – including core areas for measurement of all adolescents aged 10-19 years globally, as well as expanded and context-specific areas that may only be relevant in specific regions, income groups, or adolescent population subgroups. Based on input from youth representatives, countries, disease burden and existing measurement efforts, 99 measurement areas were identified.

Considering all four inputs, a group of global experts identified 33 core, 19 expanded, and 6 context-specific adolescent health measurement areas, including:

  • sexual health,
  • reproductive health,
  • child marriage,
  • social and cultural norms,
  • contraception,
  • sexual violence,
  • GBV,
  • social media behaviour,
  • poverty,
  • areas related to mental health and well-being,
  • as well as policies, programmes and laws.


For a full overview of all proposed measurement areas, and to learn more about the work of GAMA, read the full article in the attached file.


Photo credit: WHO / Torgrim Halvari

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