Even when developing countries receive global aid, teens miss out
Thinking back, most of us can confirm that adolescence is a rough time. What with stewing hormones, social pressures, changing bodies and the demands of growing up, adolescents face a heavy burden. That burden is correlated with certain health issues—injury, mental health disorders, and nutrition-related illness, for instance. For adolescents in the developing world, the burden may be made even heavier by poverty, diseases like tuberculosis, and cultural expectations like early marriage. Yet a new study from Harvard Medical School and University of Melbourne researchers shows that adolescent health programs in low-income countries receive just 1.6 percent of the funding that comes from the international community for health development purposes.